Herman Paul Gay, 81, Aberdeen ballistics engineerHerman...


Herman Paul Gay, 81, Aberdeen ballistics engineer

Herman Paul Gay, who waschief engineer for the Interior Ballistics Laboratory of the Ballistic Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, died Monday of cancer at his Aberdeen home. He was 81.

Mr. Gay, a mechanical engineer, earned many awards during his 37-year career at the Harford County facility, including the Exceptional Civil Service Award, the Army's highest honor for civilian employees, which he was given in 1945 and 1973, the year he retired.

He was a charter member of the Ballistic Research Laboratory's Scientific Advisory Committee and was a Ballistic Research Laboratory Fellow. He wrote many scientific papers on ballistics and held several patents.

The Overlea native graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1934 and received a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1941. He did graduate studies at Hopkins and the University of Delaware.

He was a charter member of the Ripken Museum in Aberdeen and the Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre de Grace. He was a life member of the Decoy Museum, the Susquehanna Lock House Museum and the Maritime Museum, all in Havre de Grace.

He was active in the Aberdeen Lions Club, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the Conference United Methodist Church Historical Society.

He was a member and trustee emeritus of Grace United Methodist Church, 110 W. Bel Air Ave. in Aberdeen, where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former AnnaBelle Graham; two sons, Paul Gay of Needham, Mass., and John Gay of Lanham; two daughters, Martha Gay of Arlington, Vt., and Nancy Gay of Silver Spring; and six grandchildren. A memorial service was held Friday for Betsy Dillard Gomer, a retired Baltimore schoolteacher and Ocean City property manager.

Mrs. Gomer died May 1 of an aneurysm at Meridian Healthcare Center at Brightwood in Lutherville. The North Baltimore resident was 73.

A native of Eden, N.C., the former Betsy Dillard graduated from Longwood College in Farmville, Va., in 1945 and moved to Baltimore in 1953. She taught business and typing at Roland Park Middle School until 1968.

After she retired, she and her husband, Charles August Gomer, whom she married in 1945, managed several properties in Ocean City in the 1970s. Mr. Gomer died in 1975.

Mrs. Gomer was a member of the Dunes Club of Ocean City, Daughters of the American Revolution General Smallwood Chapter, the English Speaking Union, the Woman's Club of Roland Park and Second Presbyterian Church in Guilford.

She is survived by two sons, Charles A. Gomer III of Richmond, Va., and David H. Gomer of Baltimore; two daughters, Martha A. Capehart of Charlotte, N.C., and Betsy G. Yearley of Baltimore; a brother, S. Booker Dillard of Charlotte; and six grandchildren.

Dennis F. Smyth Sr., 84, founded Equipment Leasing

Dennis F. Smyth Sr., retired president of Equipment Leasing Co., died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 84 and lived in Towson.

He was one of the founding partners in 1971 of Equipment Leasing Co., a Timonium company that finances office equipment. He retired in 1986.

He began his business career in the 1930s as a salesman for Bugle Linen Co., where he rose to general manager and retired in 1968.

He was a member of the Country Club of Maryland, Elks Lodge 469 in Towson, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Advertising Club. He was a past president of the Downtown Lions Club and the Executive Association, and a former board member of the Health and Welfare Council and the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Philadelphia native was a graduate of the Drexel Institute.

In 1936, he married Gertrude McIntyre, who died in 1972.

He was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11: 30 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, the former Beulah Manchey; two daughters, Geraldine Abbott of Lutherville and Bernice Smyth of Sparks; a sister, Dolores Torzon of Philadelphia; and a granddaughter.

Pub Date: 5/14/98

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