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M. McNeil Porter, 65, railroad executiveM. McNeil...


M. McNeil Porter, 65, railroad executive

M. McNeil Porter, a retired railroad executive who was president of CSX Intermodal for nearly a decade and oversaw the 1996 shift of its headquarters from Hunt Valley to Jacksonville, Fla., died of a heart attack Thursday in Savannah, Ga. He was 65.

Mr. Porter had returned to his native Savannah after retiring in June as board chairman of a CSX joint venture in the Netherlands.

He worked for Sea-land Services in various management positions in Alaska, Hong Kong and Japan before becoming president of CSX in Hunt Valley in 1987.

He formerly was chairman of the board of the International Visitors Center of Maryland, a private, nonprofit institution that promotes regional economic, educational and cultural interests, and served here on a gubernatorial committee on port competitiveness.

A memorial service was held yesterday in Savannah.

Survivors include his wife, the former Billie Marsh, two daughters and three grandchildren, all of Georgia.

Leila N. Adams, 92, Shore educator, grocer

Leila N. Adams, a former Eastern Shore educator and grocer who was the first person from Hooper Island to graduate from college, died Wednesday at Stella Maris Nursing Home in Towson at age 92.

Born and raised in Hoopersville, the former Leila Nelson attended Cambridge High School and graduated from what is now Towson University in 1925. She then taught and became principal at the old two-room Fishing Creek School on the Dorchester County island.

In 1928, she married John T. Adams and -- because of a rule at the time -- was required to give up her education job, according to her son-in-law, Baltimore lawyer Ronald Shapiro.

She and her husband then operated a grocery store and coal dealership in Cambridge. She also was active in the operation of White and Nelson Inc., a family seafood packing business at Cambridge and Hooper Island.

She later operated Adams Fashions for Youth in Cambridge and Ocean City.

Mrs. Adams was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She also belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star and was a past president of the Cambridge Garden Club.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Thomas Funeral Home in Cambridge.

Mr. Adams, a former Dorchester Orphans' Court judge and three-term state delegate, died in 1966.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen Talbott of Ocean Pines and Kathryn Shapiro of Butler; a son, John T. Adams Jr. of Fairfax, Va.; two brothers, Edmund A. Nelson of Towson and Oscar W. Nelson Jr. of Nanticoke; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and a step-great-granddaughter.

Russell Paul Steinbach, 45, engineering firm worker

Russell Paul Steinbach, who worked in engineering for a DTC Calvert County company, died of stomach cancer Thursday at his family's home in Arnold. He was 45 and had been diagnosed with the disease shortly before Thanksgiving.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Steinbach attended Polytechnic Institute and earned his associate's degree at Anne Arundel Community College. He worked for Batching Systems Inc. in Owings, specializing in product-packaging equipment.

Computers held a lifelong fascination for Mr. Steinbach. Until he became ill, he was working on designing a miniature light-sensitive robot. He also enjoyed designing logos and artwork using computers, and was interested in martial arts.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Nettie and Robert Geier of Arnold; a brother, Ross Steinbach of Rogersville, Tenn.; and a sister, Pat Steinbach of Silver Spring.

No funeral was planned. There will be an open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Geier home at 1428 Falcon Nest Court.

Paul Raymond Romanczyk, 51, industrial arts teacher

Paul Raymond Romanczyk, an industrial arts teacher at Clarksville Middle School in Howard County since 1976, died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday at his home in Highland. He was 51.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Romanczyk attended Our Lady of Good Counsel parochial school in Locust Point and graduated in 1965 from Polytechnic Institute. He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial arts in 1969 from the University of Maryland, College Park.

After more than two decades of teaching, Mr. Romanczyk had established a place in many students' memories and was particularly pleased to have taught two generations of one Clarksville family, said his mother, Rose Marie Romanczyk of Severn.

He also enjoyed teaching archery and volleyball, made furniture that his family took pride in, and hunted on the 5-acre grounds of his Howard County home.

Survivors also include his wife, the former Karen Kikkert, and their daughter, Emily, 9, both of Columbia; and a sister, Mary Ann Fieldhouse of Pasadena.

Services were held yesterday.

Pub Date: 12/20/98

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