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Thomas H. Person

Public Works technician

Thomas H. Person, a retired pumping station technician in the Waste Water Facilities Division of the Baltimore Department of Public Works, died Tuesday at his home in Hollister, N.C., after a heart attack. He was 67 and also had a home in Fells Point.

Mr. Person retired about five years ago after 39 years of service.

Born and raised in Hollister, he came to Baltimore as a youth.

Services were to be held at 2 p.m. today at the Pine Chapel Baptist Church in Hollister.

He is survived by his wife, the former Josie Mach; two daughters, Shirley Lynch of Ita, N.C., and Louise Nowicki of Baltimore; a son, Thomas E. Person of Baltimore; four sisters, Rosa B. Herring of Goldsboro, N.C., Agnora Lynch of Enfield, N.C., Ella Ferkin of Baltimore and Verty I. Lynch of Hollister; four brothers, Major Person of Baltimore, Frank Person of Warsaw, N.C., James Person of Sharpesburg, N.C., and Nelson Person of Littleton, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Dr. John H. Keil


Dr. John H. Keil, who had been a veterinarian in Baltimore for 34 years, died Wednesday at his Northeast Baltimore home after a heart attack. He was 65.

Dr. Keil had operated the Erdman Animal Hospital from 1956 until 1990 when he retired and the practice was taken over by a son, Dr. Lance P. Keil of White Hall.

In the early years of his practice, John Keil and his father, a tool and die maker, developed a prosthetic eye for dogs and other small animals. His father developed the eye, and Dr. Keil developed the surgical procedure for implanting it.

Dr. Keil also bred championship Rottweilers and he, and another son, Steven D. Keil of Miller, owned several Thoroughbred horses.

Dr. Keil owned a farm in Hereford, invested in real estate and was interested in high school and college wrestling.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of City College and attended the University of Maryland before his graduation in 1956 from the University of Georgia veterinary school.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4815 Hamilton Ave.

Besides his two sons, he is survived by his wife, the former Janice Martin; two other sons, J. Brennan Keil and Jared M. Keil, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Cherie Keil of Sparks; a sister, Phyllis Gebhardt of Towson; and five grandchildren.

Gladys M. Ness

Supervising nurse

Gladys M. Ness, a retired supervising nurse at the District of Columbia Children's Center in Laurel, died Wednesday of heart failure at Forest Haven Nursing and Convalescent Center in Catonsville. She was 84.

Mrs. Ness, who had lived in Catonsville since 1987, retired in 1981 after working at the center since moving to Laurel in 1960 from Brockville, Ontario.

The former Gladys M. Launderville was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and was a 1933 graduate of the nursing school at St. Lawrence State Hospital in Waddington, N.Y. She stayed to teach and serve as principal of the school before leaving in 1940 to become a Red Cross nurse in England during World War II.

In 1941, she married Glenn A. Ness, who died in 1979.

Services for Mrs. Ness were to be held at 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Laurel.

She is survived by a son, John P. Ness of Catonsville; a daughter, Jane L. Starliper of Clarksville; a brother, Paul Launderville of Lake Tahoe, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Kim R. Davison

Navy petty officer

Kim R. Davison, a retired Navy petty officer second class, died of pneumonia Aug. 10 at a veterans hospital in Chicago. She was 30 and had lived in Riviera Beach for six years before moving to Chicago about six weeks before her death.

Ms. Davison retired from the Navy in 1993 after nine years of service because of ill health. She was stationed at the Naval Academy for the last four years of her service and was named Sailor of the Year at the academy in 1992.

Her Navy rating was as a storekeeper, but she was working to have it changed to journalist. She wrote short stories and poetry, and liked sailing, swimming and collecting antiques.

She also was a volunteer for the Love and Action program and for Youth for Christ.

Born in Valparaiso, Ind., she was raised in Chesterton, Ind., where she graduated from high school in 1983. While in high school, she was on the track, swimming and basketball teams, and was a cheerleader and a member of Youth for Christ.

A memorial service was to be held at 7 p.m. today at Glen Burnie Baptist Church, 7524 Old Stage Road.

She is survived by her father and stepmother, James and Marianne Davison of Chesterton; her mother and stepfather, JoAnn and Donald Eagen of Chesterton; a brother, Michael Davison of Okinawa, Japan; and her grandparents, Fern Davison of Mansfield, Ohio, and Joseph and Ann Schmidt of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.

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