William B. WassBusinessmanWilliam B. Wass, a longtime...


William B. Wass


William B. Wass, a longtime engineer and businessman who retired from a consulting business in 1994, died June 15 of cancer at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 65.

Born in Harrisville, W.Va., he served with the Army in Korea and England from 1951 to 1954. After attending West Liberty State College in West Virginia, he graduated from the University of Maryland College Park.

For nearly 15 years beginning in 1956, Mr. Wass was an engineer for the federal government, holding positions with the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the Department of Defense.

In 1970, he opened Expedite, a blueprinting company in Washington. From 1972 to 1992, he was vice president of marketing for Ocean Codings, an Annapolis company that sold fire retardant chemicals. He ran a consulting business in the field from 1992 to 1994.

Mr. Wass of Annapolis was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and a gun collector. An accomplished musician, he played the trumpet, the cornet and the guitar. In his youth, he was an avid race car driver.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, the former Karen Hennings; three sisters, Arlene McGinnis of Hickory, N.C., Pat Steyer of Dallas, and Peg Wilson of Buckhannon, W.Va.

Services in Annapolis today were to be private.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Friends of Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis 21403.

Martimus A. Ellison

Active in veterans affairs

Martimus A. Ellison, a former postal worker who was active in veterans affairs, died Monday of a heart attack at Maryland General Hospital. The lifelong West Baltimore resident was 36.

He was post commander of American Veterans Post No. 33 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center on Greene Street. He had joined the Army in 1978 but was discharged a year later after a service-related injury left him disabled.

"He was dedicated to helping and working with veterans," said a longtime friend, Merrial H. Russell of Woodlawn.

Known as Marty, Mr. Ellison was a 1977 graduate of Southern High School.

Services are planned for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Mount Hebron Memorial Church of God and Christ, 2237 West North Avenue.

He is survived by two daughters, Glenda E. Ellison and Jessica VTC Weaks, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Charles H. Furnanders of Woodlawn and Ronald Furnanders of Hagerstown; two sisters, Sandra M. Ray and Sharon Furnanders, both of Baltimore; a half-sister, Althea West; and a grandson.

Memorial donations may be made to Amvets Post No. 33, 909 Beaumont Ave., Baltimore 21212.

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