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James M. Rice, 102, carpenter, war veteranJames...


James M. Rice, 102, carpenter, war veteran

James M. Rice, a retired carpenter and World War I veteran, died Monday of pneumonia at North Arundel Hospital. He was 102.

Known as Marty, the 70-year resident of Severna Park had worked for more than 50 years as a carpenter before retiring.

A vigorous and active man who drove his four-door Plymouth sedan until he was 101, Mr. Rice belonged to Washington Local 132 of the carpenters union.

Born in Locust Point and reared in Westport, Mr. Rice left school in the sixth grade to help support his family. He was a brakeman for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad until he became an apprentice carpenter in the early 1920s.

In 1918, he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the battleship USS Washington in the East Indies. He was discharged a year later.

Mr. Rice, the oldest member of American Legion Post 175 in Severna Park, of which he was a founder. was also a member of the 40 and 8, a World War I veterans organization.

"He amazed Department of Motor Vehicles officials when he renewed his license for six years and was asked, 'Why does a man your age want a license?' " said a niece, Margaret Arnold of Lansdowne.

"He replied, 'I like driving a car, and it gets mighty cold driving a motorcycle,' " she said.

He didn't attribute his longevity to following any particular regimen.

Said Ms. Arnold: "He used to say, 'Stay single, and eat lots of oysters.' He also enjoyed a beer at the Legion hall but never smoked."

He was also a member of Glen Burnie Elks Lodge 2266.

Services were held yesterday.

Mr. Rice is also survived by a nephew, John Tyler of Greenland, Anne Arundel County; and two other nieces, Valerie Armstrong of Glen Burnie and Mary Brunner of Baltimore.

Dr. Sacit Eren, 70, internist with Linthicum practice

Dr. Sacit Eren, an internist who had a private practice in Linthicum, died Tuesday of heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital. The Severna Park resident was 70.

Dr. Eren was a member of the medical staffs at North Arundel Hospital, Harbor Hospital Center and Crownsville Hospital Center. He also was an associate professor of medicine at Istanbul University in Turkey, where he earned undergraduate and medical degrees.

A native of Manisa, Turkey, he moved to Maryland in 1967 and opened his practice in 1968. He retired in 1990.

Dr. Eren was a member of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and the Anne Arundel County Medical Society.

Graveside services were held yesterday at Maryland National Memorial Park in Laurel.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mahire Menemenlioglu, whom he married in 1957; three sons, Haldun C. Eren of Washington, and Fer Eren and Selim Eren, both of Severna Park; a brother, Mesut Eren, and a sister, Rebia Aksoy, both of Istanbul.

Pub Date: 2/20/99

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