John Hodgart Donald, 84, computer flooring pioneerJohn...


John Hodgart Donald, 84, computer flooring pioneer

John Hodgart Donald, a retired pioneer in the field of computer flooring, a longtime Annapolis resident and a sailor, died at his home Dec. 11 after a series of strokes. He was 84.

Mr. Donald, born in Scotland and a 1932 engineering graduate of Glasgow Technical College, worked for the Baltimore area firms of Tate Engineering and Liskey Aluminum before retiring in the early 1970s.

In World War II, he served with the British army's Royal Engineers. From 1941 through 1945, he was assigned to the British army staff in Washington, where he attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Mr. Donald became a U.S. citizen in 1952 and moved to the Annapolis area a year later. He held life membership in the Annapolis Yacht Club. He was past commodore of the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake and a charter member of the Severn Sailing Association.

A memorial service was held Dec. 16.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Margery Bavier; three sons, Hugh Donald of Catonsville, Robert B. Donald of Arnold and J. Keith Donald of Bethlehem, Pa.; a sister, Ruth Donald of Paisley, Scotland; and six grandchildren.

Joseph F. Pitarra, 76, restaurant owner

Joseph F. Pitarra, retired owner of a Baltimore restaurant, died Dec. 16 of prostate cancer at his home in Westminster. He was 76.

Services were held Wednesday for the Baltimore native, who opened Pitarra's Bar & Lounge on West Belvedere Avenue with his brother, Sam, in 1949. The brothers, who were known for their crab cakes, sold the business in 1978.

Mr. Pitarra is survived by his wife of 22 years, the former Evelyn L. Peraro; three nephews, Thomas Saia of Baltimore, Michael Pitarra of Westminster and Salvatore Pitarra of Baltimore; and a niece, Linda Wilson.

Beverly C. Smith, 87, secretary, churchwoman

Beverly C. Smith, 87, a churchwoman who was a secretary for 50 years until her retirement in 1978, was remembered at services Dec. 2 at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Jarrettsville. The longtime Anneslie resident died of a heart attack Nov. 20 at Manor Care Ruxton.

The former Beverly Cockey, scion of the Cockey family that founded Cockeysville, was raised on a farm in My Lady's Manor and was a 1925 graduate of Towson High School. She also attended Strayer Business College.

She had been an active member since 1946 of Govans-Boundary Parish United Methodist Church. She was a member of the church board, the Karr Women's Circle, and assisted the minister in visiting members who were shut-ins.

In her youth, she enjoyed horseback riding and dog racing. Later, she liked to garden, sew and read.

She is survived by a daughter, Cora Leigh Fauver of Pasadena; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Memorial donations may be made to Govans-Boundary Parish Church, 5210 York Road, Baltimore 21212.

John Wilson Stewart, 74, liquor company president

John Wilson Stewart, retired president of McCarthy-Hicks Inc., a wholesale wine, beer and liquor distributor, died Saturday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Manor Care Nursing Home in Ruxton. The former Timonium resident was 74.

From the early 1970s to 1985, Mr. Stewart was president of McCarthy-Hicks Inc. on West Padonia Road in Baltimore County. The company was bought by Reliable Liquors of Baltimore in 1985. Mr. Stewart retired in 1990.

He joined McCarthy-Hicks in the early 1950s as a general sales manager after working in sales for the News American.

Mr. Stewart was born in Baltimore and educated in the public school system. He graduated from City College in 1939.

He played on the varsity lacrosse and football teams at Western Maryland College and graduated in 1943.

During World War II, he served in the Navy near the Philippines. He attained the rank of lieutenant.

Mr. Stewart was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Texas.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's on Church Lane.

Mr. Stewart is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Regina Lyons; two daughters, Kathleen Miley of Hunt Valley and Nancy Stout of Riderwood; four sons, Bruce Stewart of Baltimore, John Stewart Jr. of Gerrardstown, W.Va., Michael Stewart of White Hall and Patrick Stewart of Timonium; two sisters, Corinne Sterling of Bel Air and Joan Yeatman of Ocean Pines; a brother, John Clarke of Boca Raton, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.

The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, Central Maryland Chapter, 540 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore 21212.

Catherine Walters, 40, manager of dental office

Catherine Prince Walters, manager of an Ellicott City dentist's office, a former Howard County Orphans' Court judge and a member of the county Republican Central Committee, died of melanoma Dec. 16 at her Columbia home. She was 40.

Mrs. Walters was elected to the Orphans' Court in 1990, but resigned in 1994 to run for registrar of wills and was defeated by the incumbent in the general election.

She was active in Concerned Women for America, which she said sparked her political activism, and with Laurel Crisis Center.

The Pittsburgh native had run a gas station and been a Mary Kay cosmetics consultant before moving to Maryland in 1978, when she became a Goddard Space Flight Center secretary.

She sang alto in the choir of the Trinity Assembly of God in Lutherville, where services were held Tuesday.

She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Upton J. Walters; a daughter, April Nair of Burtonsville; her parents, Mitchell and Joan Prince of Pittsburgh; two brothers, Mitchell P. Prince of Washington and John F. Prince of Madison, Wis.; and three sisters, Lisa Wilt of Pittsburgh and Carol Prince and Joan Palo-Lopes, both of Washington.

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