James M. McKinleyAPG test lab chiefJames M....


James M. McKinley

APG test lab chief

James M. McKinley, retired chief of the Physical Test Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 81 and lived in Towson.

Mr. McKinley retired in 1974, ending a career that began at APG in 1939.

His work included test firing of weapons, testing of armor plate and representing the United States at NATO meetings in Europe.

The Baltimore native was a 1931 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He immediately began studying at night at the Johns Hopkins University, obtaining a degree in civil engineering 20 years later.

He was a member of the Army Ordnance Association, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Testing Materials, the American Society of Nondestructive Testing, the American Society of Photogrammetry and the National Federation of Federal Employees.

He had been an adult leader in the Boy Scouts and a member of Aberdeen Proving Ground Rod and Gun Club, Optimist International, Moose International, the Notre Dame Council of the Knights of Columbus and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. McKinley will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson.

His first wife, the former Louise G. Classon, died in 1948, and a son, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brian D. McKinley, was killed in a climbing accident in May on Mount McKinley in Alaska.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 44 years, the former Regina A. Coughlin; four sons, Michael J. McKinley of Annandale, Va., Kevin F. McKinley of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Mark P. McKinley of Towson and Shane T. McKinley of Great Falls, Va.; a daughter, Maureen McKinley-Gutowski of Towson; and five grandchildren. Sister Mary Carmel Curtis, O.S.P., who taught in elementary schools and worked with the elderly, died Friday at St. Agnes Hospital after a heart attack. She was 90 and lived at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent in Catonsville, the motherhouse of the Oblate Sisters of Providence.

For 15 years before she retired in 1990, Sister Carmel worked with the elderly of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington. Before then, she had been an elementary school teacher there and at schools in Baltimore, Mound Bayou, Miss., Buffalo, N.Y., and at an orphanage in Leavenworth, Kan.

The former Gertrude Cecilia Curtis was a native of Washington and a graduate of St. Mary College in Xavier, Kan. She entered the Oblate Sisters of Providence in 1926.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 7:30 p.m. today at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent, 701 Gun Road in Catonsville.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Brooke Webster

Optical technician

Brooke Webster, an optical technician, died Sept. 5 of lymphoma at Georgetown University Hospital. He was 55 and lived in College Park.

Mr. Webster was employed by NSI Technology Services at NASA's Goddard Space Facility for 27 years. He worked on such projects as the Hubble Space Telescope and the CASSINI spacecraft.

Born and raised in the Lakeland section of College Park, he was a 1957 graduate of Fairmount High School and earned an associate's degree from the University of Maryland in 1959.

He served in the Air Force from 1959 until 1968.

He was a chief steward of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1501-2 and served on its executive board.

Services for Mr. Webster were to be held at 8 p.m. today at the University of Maryland chapel, 1101 Regent Drive, College Park.

He is survived by his mother, Ellen L. Webster of Lanham; a brother, Keith E. Webster of Takoma Park; a sister, Daphne E. Bowie of Laurel; and several nieces and nephews.

Evelyn Echols

U.S. Treasury employee

Evelyn Echols, a retired printer's assistant at the federal Bureau of Printing and Engraving in Washington, died Sept. 5 of pneumonia at Maryland General Hospital. She was 86.

Mrs. Echols retired in 1964 after working for the Treasury Department bureau since 1942. She commuted from her West Baltimore home during her career.

Services for the former Evelyn Devaul Barbour, a Washington native, were held Saturday. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, David A. Echols Sr.; a son, David A. Echols Jr. of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Barbara J. O'Donnell, 50, a prosthetics purchasing agent at the Baltimore Veterans Hospital, died Sept. 4 at St. Joseph Medical Center after a stroke.

The former Barbara J. Ritchie, a Cockeysville resident, was born in Atlanta and raised in Tampa, Fla., where graveside services were held Saturday. She is survived by her husband, Michael J. O'Donnell; and her parents, Voigt and Opal Ritchie of Brandon, Fla.

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