Dr. Earl M. Beardsley, 75, physician, traveler,...


Dr. Earl M. Beardsley, 75, physician, traveler, volunteer

Dr. Earl Miller Beardsley, who maintained a general medical practice in Salisbury for more than three decades, died Tuesday from complications of Alzheimer's disease at the Perry Point Medical Center. He was 75.

In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Beardsley had served as medical director of Wicomico Nursing Home from 1967 to 1969 and Salisbury Nursing Home from 1970 to 1988. He also was on the staff of, was chief of general practice at, and served on committees at Peninsula Regional Medical Center from 1954 to 1988.

He volunteered with Amigos des las Americas in Guatemala in 1971, bringing medical care to the needy.

Certified by the Board of Family Practice in 1969 and past president of the American Heart Association of the Lower Eastern Shore, he was a member of the Maryland Academy of Family Practice, the American Medical Association and the Wicomico County Medical Society.

Other professional memberships included the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and the Maryland Occupational Medical Association.

He was an accomplished needlepointer whose work can be found in the National Cathedral in Washington, a cathedral in Paris, and in the Anglican Church of the Holy Sepulchre in London. He also enjoyed acting in amateur theatricals, and had been president of the Community Players of Salisbury.

Born and raised in Berwyn, he was a graduate of Hyattsville High School.

He attended the University of Maryland from 1941 to 1943 and spent a year in the Navy's V-12 Program at Princeton, from which he graduated in 1944.

He served in the Navy in the Pacific from 1943 to 1946, and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in 1947. He earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland Medical School in 1951.

Dr. Beardsley donated his body to the Anatomy Board of Maryland. No services wil be held.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Jane Fields; three sons, Samuel F. Beardsley of Baltimore, Earl M. Beardsley Jr. of Nanticoke and Thomas D. Beardsley of Tucson; two daughters, Jane B. Burt of Nanticoke and Emily B. Edwards of Preston; two sisters, Lucille B. Abel of Fremont, Calif., and Florence B. Ratterree of Cheverly; and eight grandchildren.

Clark Aist Gilbert, 78, senior designer for BGE

Clark Aist Gilbert, who worked 42 years for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., died Wednesday night at his home in Catonsville. He was 78.

Mr. Gilbert was born in Catonsville, one of seven children, and went to work for BGE at age 18. He served three years in the Army during World War II, and received five Bronze Stars. After being discharged, he returned to BGE. He graduated from University of Baltimore in 1950.

His wife, the former Mildred Rosa Otto, died in 1995 after 44 years of marriage.

He is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Kotarba of Baltimore; a son, Karl Gilbert of Catonsville; and a sister, Marion Gilbert Craft of Cobb Island.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Catonsville United Methodist Church, 6 Melvin Ave., Catonsville.

Frank J. Ellis, 76, bishop and pastor

Frank J. Ellis, a bishop and pastor at Carter Memorial Church of God in Christ in West Baltimore, died of heart failure Tuesday at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 76 and lived in Baltimore.

Bishop Ellis, a graduate of then-Morgan State College and Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., became interested in the ministry during a 1946 tent revival in Baltimore.

He was ordained in 1970 and, in 1976, became pastor and elder of the Church of God in Christ on Fayette Street.

In 1994, Bishop Ellis was named prelate of the Church of God in Christ Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in West Virginia, but continued living in Baltimore. He was also chairman of the General Assembly Church of God in Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; son Eddie of Gary, Ind.; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. today at Carter Memorial Church of God in Christ, 745 West Fayette St. Entombment will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Druid Ridge Cemetery.

Carolyn M. Mellendick, 71, worked with the elderly

Carolyn McComas Mellendick, a former Baltimore City employee who worked for 16 years with the Little Sisters of the Poor as a resident needs assistant at St. Martin's Home for the Aged, died Monday at St. Agnes HealthCare in Catonsville, due to complications from exploratory surgery in April.

She was 71 and lived in Catonsville.

Mrs. Mellendick was born in Oakland, Md., and moved to Baltimore during World War II. She worked from 1946 to 1951 in the city's department of audits.

She worked with United Cerebral Palsy and then with Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance until joining the Little Sisters of the Poor in Catonsville in 1979.

She retired in 1995, but continued working as a volunteer.

Mrs. Mellendick is survived by her husband, Robert, a retired vice president of Baltimore Federal Financial, whom she married in 1950; two sons, Robert Mellendick of Ellicott City and George Mellendick of Catonsville; and three grandchildren. Her daughter, Ann Phillips, died in 1997.

Services were held Friday.

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