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Meta Ann 'Meg' Snyder, 44, UM program...


Meta Ann 'Meg' Snyder, 44, UM program director

Meta Ann "Meg" Snyder, retired director of the environmental and hazardous-material program at the University of Maryland, College Park, took her own life Oct. 3. The Bethesda resident was 44.

Ms. Snyder, a nurse who suffered from AIDS, began working in 1992 at the University of Maryland, where she was also director of the National Center for Hazard Communication. She retired in 1994 because of failing health.

She was born and raised in Linthicum, the daughter of the late Gordon C. and Maud E. Snyder. A 1972 graduate of Andover High School, she earned her associate's degree from Catonsville Community College in 1976. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1980, a master's degree in nursing from the University of Maryland in 1985 and a master's degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1991.

She began her career at Chesapeake Occupational Health Inc. in Baltimore and was a research coordinator at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Later, she was a recovery room nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a research nurse at the University of Maryland cancer center.

Ms. Snyder was a member of the executive committee of the HIV Community Coalition of Metropolitan Washington. She also served on the organization's editorial board, which publishes HIV Alive.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Mary's City.

She is survived by a brother, James Snyder of Sykesville; and a sister, Carolyn "Lynn" Yowaiski of Lexington Park.

Feltus Kaufman, 89, former Hecht executive

Feltus Kaufman, a former Baltimore resident and retired executive for the Hecht Co., died of cancer Sept. 28 in Naples, Fla. He was 89.

The native of Ferriday, La., and World War II Army veteran worked for the department store chain from 1938 to 1976, when he retired and moved to Florida.

Services were held Oct. 2 in Naples.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ruska Dinjaski, whom he married in 1950; and a daughter, Laura Lawrence of Fripp Island, S.C.

Malvern J. Gross, 92, electrical engineer

Malvern J. Gross, a retired electrical engineer and an expert in X-ray technology who held 11 patents, died in his sleep Tuesday at Broadmead. He was 92.

Mr. Gross, who had lived at the Cockeysville retirement community since 1979, formerly lived in Oxford and Easton.

He began his career in 1928 at General Electric Co. and had worked his way up to vice president of the X-ray division by the time he left the company in 1954. He received 11 patents for his work there and was the author or co-author of numerous articles published in technical journals.

He later worked for Ritter Dental Co., Tracer Lab, Consolidated Vacuum Corp. and the Rochester Regional Hospital Council in New York. He retired in 1964.

He was born in St. Louis and raised in Portland, Ore., where he graduated from high school. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1928 from Oregon State College and a master's degree in physics in 1930 from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

During World War II, he served in the Army equipping domestic military hospitals. After the war, he was sent to Germany, where he inspected hospitals. He was discharged with the rank of major.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at Broadmead, 13801 York Road.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, the former Martha Henderson; a son, Malvern J. Gross Jr. of Orcas Island, Wash.; a daughter, Linda Sinrod of Mason Neck, Va.; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Mass to be offered Monday for Judge Robert B. Watts

A memorial Mass for Judge Robert B. Watts, 76, a former Circuit Court judge and civil rights lawyer, will be offered at 7: 30 p.m. Monday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

Judge Watts, who was a communicant of the church and a Cross Keys resident, died Thursday afternoon of a heart attack at Sinai Hospital.

Pub Date: 10/10/98

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