Russell Gearhart Hutter, former quality control manager for Westinghouse Electric Corp. and decorated World War II veteran, died Thursday of cancer at his Catonsville home. He was 78.
Mr. Hutter went to work as the quality control manager for Westinghouse in 1959 at the company's plant in Linthicum. He retired in 1985. Earlier, he had worked as an engineer with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Bendix-Frieze Corp. and Proctor Electric Co.
In addition, he taught courses in quality control at Catonsville Community College and published numerous articles on the subject in technical journals.
His professional memberships included Tau Beta Pi, the national honorary fraternity in engineering at the professional level, and served as president of the fraternity's Baltimore chapter. He was also a member of the American Society for Quality Control Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Born and raised in Cumberland, he graduated from Allegany High School in 1938 and worked for the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River before joining the Army during World War II.
He served in the Europe with the 8th Infantry Division, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was discharged with the rank of private.
After the war, he attended Fenn College in Ohio, now Cleveland State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1949. An Eagle Scout, the longtime Catonsville resident was scoutmaster of Troop No. 57 at Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church in the 1960s.
He was a member of the Glenn L. Martin Museum, the Western Maryland Railway Historical Society, the Ohr Masonic Lodge of Cumberland and the Boumi Temple.
Services are private.
Mr. Hutter is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Tresa Vinilli Ireland; a son, Robert G. Hutter of Wellsville, N.Y.; two daughters, Sally H. Barba of Annapolis and Gale H. Taylor of Wilmington, Del.; a brother, Luther L. Hutter Jr. of Cumberland; and two grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Shriner's Hospital, c/o Boumi Temple, 302 International Circle, Cockeysville 21030.
Mildred Royster, 57, worked with the elderly
Mildred Royster, who worked as a companion to the elderly, died Dec. 30 of an aneurysm at Sinai Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 57.
Mrs. Royster worked for Lowery Nursing Registry Inc. before her retirement several years ago. Earlier, she had worked as a maintenance worker at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
The former Mildred Spencer was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated from Frederick Douglass Senior High School. She was married in 1956 to Charles W. Royster, who died several years ago.
She was an avid football fan and enjoyed playing pinochle and listening to jazz.
She was a member of the Maryland Church of God In Christ, 5100 Denmore Ave., Baltimore, where services will be held at noon today
She is survived by a daughter, Marcelle O. Royster of Salt Lake City; her parents, James and Daisy Spencer of Baltimore; five brothers, Albert Spencer, Fred Spencer, Anthony Spencer, Bruce Spencer and Craig Spencer, all of Baltimore; a sister, Margaret Woodson of Baltimore; and a granddaughter, Lazita Royster of Baltimore.