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James Francis Xavier Jr., 73, pollution regulatorJames...


James Francis Xavier Jr., 73, pollution regulator

James Francis Xavier Jr., a retired air pollution control specialist, died Monday of pancreatic cancer at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 73 and lived in Hamilton in Northeast Baltimore.

After earning a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Villanova University in 1962, he worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant and was one of the first to work in the company's newly created environmental control department. He retired in 1987.

He then joined the state Department of the Environment as a rTC regulator in the Air Quality and Enforcement Office and retired a second time in 1990.

Born in Weymouth, Mass., where he graduated from high school, he enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and was a radioman in the Atlantic and Pacific. He was discharged in 1946.

He was a longtime supporter of Hamilton Baseball, formerly Hamilton Little League, where he began coaching in 1962, and later helped develop Keys' Field for the teams to play on.

The playing fields were built on land that was willed to the youth baseball league by the Key family. Mr. Xavier and other volunteers helped build and maintain the concession stand and other buildings at the ballpark.

Mr. Xavier was also an active member of Cardinal Gibbons Council No. 2526 of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion Parkville Post No. 183, and the Luigi Micocci Lodge, Order of the Sons of Italy, in Nanticoke, Pa.

For 36 years, he was a communicant of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, Harford Road and Gibbons Avenue, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9: 30 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Helen Rose Micocci; three sons, James Francis Xavier III of Baltimore, Thomas Xavier of Phoenix, Ariz., and Gerald Xavier of Springfield, Pa.; two daughters, Patricia Xavier of Dorchester, Mass., and Lisa Xavier of Baltimore; a brother, Paul Xavier of Houston; a sister, Anna Belle Coyle of Braintree, Mass.; and six grandchildren.

Aaron Joseph Ford, 43, Bethlehem Steel accountant

Aaron Joseph Ford, a retired accountant, died Sunday of cancer at his East Baltimore home. He was 43.

Mr. Ford was an accountant at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant from 1976 to 1997.

The Baltimore native graduated from Dunbar High School in 1974 and received an associate of arts degree from the former Community College of Baltimore in 1980.

He was an avid jogger and enjoyed music.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at New Antioch Baptist Church, 2401 St. Paul St.

Mr. Ford is survived by two brothers, Edward Ford Jr. and Mark Ford; and five sisters, Earline Washington, Patricia A. Harris, Vivian Ann Ford, Peirangela Ford and Tammy Ford. All are of Baltimore.

Mary E. Somerset, 86, Towson homemaker

Mary E. Somerset, a Towson native and homemaker, died Monday of heart failure in Greeley, Colo. She was 86.

The former Mary E. Frank lived in Baltimore as a child and attended local schools. She married Ralph E. Somerset in 1960, and the couple moved to Colorado a few years later.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at the McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, 237 E. Patapsco Ave.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Somerset is survived by three sons, James G. Smith of Baltimore, Gerald E. Staylor of Greeley and Frank G. Staylor of Tampa, Fla.; a daughter, M. Lorraine Saul of Glen Burnie; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/18/98

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