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Rodger Scott Harrison

Publishing executive

Rodger Scott Harrison, a retired advertising and publishing executive, died Thursday of heart failure at his home in Chestertown. He was 78.

Mr. Harrison, a native of New York, and his wife, Patty, moved from Huntington Bay, Long Island, to Chestertown in 1987.

He began his advertising career in 1945 and was vice president at several agencies. In 1971, he joined Gourmet magazine, where he stayed until retiring in 1986 as special adviser to the publisher.

As a youth, Mr. Harrison excelled in sports at Horace Mann School in New York. At Dartmouth College, his interests turned to academics. A senior fellow, he received the Barrett Cup for all-around achievement and gave the valedictory address.

After leaving Dartmouth, Mr. Harrison attended the Columbia University School of Journalism, where he received a master's degree in 1940.

He served as a major in the Army during World War II and was stationed in Washington, where he met Patty Deakyne. Shortly after they were married March 6, 1943, Mr. Harrison was sent to England, France and Germany, where he served as an officer in Signal Corps Intelligence.

After he left the service, he began his advertising career. But he retained an interest in military history, particularly the Civil War. In his retirement, he enjoyed writing stories, some humorous, others about the Civil War.

Services were to be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Paul's Episcopal Church near Chestertown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Susan Harrison of Sacramento, Calif.; a son, David Harrison of Blacksburg, Va.; and two granddaughters.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1138 Parsons Road, Salisbury 21801.

Victor P. Skruck Jr.

Printing executive

Victor Paul Skruck Jr., a retired printing executive who was involved in animal rescue and adoption, died June 3 of congestive heart failure at his Monkton residence. He was 60.

Mr. Skruck retired last year as chief executive officer of Swatch Printing Inc., and earlier worked many years for his father's printing company.

He became interested in adopting unwanted animals after an injured Doberman pinscher was abandoned at a veterinarian's office, and Mr. Skruck took the dog home.

Dr. Allan Frank of Hunt Valley Animal Hospital described Mr. Skruck as "a gentle, kindhearted person who had a great respect for animals."

Mr. Skruck, born and raised in the Homeland section of Baltimore, was a 1953 graduate of McDonogh School and attended Carnegie-Mellon University.

He was former president of the Advertising Club of Baltimore and enjoyed collecting World War II memorabilia and firearms.

Services are private.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, the former Wendy Jennifer Westover; three daughters, Barbara Feimer of Baltimore, Linda Ordonez of Norfolk, Va., and Ann Skruck of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Carolyn Sunderland of Brooklandville; and several nieces and nephews. An earlier marriage ended in divorce. Elizabeth Tanya Roach, a retired receptionist and case processor for the National Labor Relations Board, died Tuesday of heart failure at her Woodlawn home.

Mrs. Roach, who was 70, retired in 1986 after working in the NLRB offices in Baltimore and Syracuse, N.Y.

The former Elizabeth Tanya Jones, known to many as "Tiny," was born and educated in Boston, where she worked as a torch singer in nightclubs as a young woman.

In 1949, she and Robert H. Roach were married. After his retirement as a chief petty officer in the Navy in 1966, they settled in Syracuse, where she graduated from Onondaga Community College.

They moved to the Baltimore area in 1974.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church, Poplar Grove and Prospect streets.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Robert E. Roach of Baltimore; two daughters, Angela G. Roach of Syracuse and Theresa Gaul of Boston; a brother, Randolph Jones of Boston; and a sister, Ethel Frederick of Boston.

Joseph F. Puncochar, a Baltimore native who was director of the Fish and Wildlife Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior before his retirement in 1969, died June 2 of Alzheimer's disease at a nursing home in Hollywood, Fla.

Mr. Puncochar, 83, lived in Fishing Creek on the Eastern Shore at the time of his retirement and moved to Florida about two years ago.

He earned a degree in bacteriology at the University of Maryland. Before becoming Fish and Wildlife Service director in 1962, he worked for the agency in Massachusetts, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. In the 1960s, he headed a study of the sardine industry for the state of Maine.

Services will be private.

Mr. Puncochar is survived by three daughters, Linda Patterson of Hollywood, Mary Ferland of Arlington, Texas, and Chita Meyer of Midland, Texas; two sisters, Bessie Dantoni of Hollywood and Lillian Bayrle of Westminster; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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