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Delores M. Dailey, 80, McDonogh School secretaryDelores...


Delores M. Dailey, 80, McDonogh School secretary

Delores M. Dailey, a retired secretary to the admissions director at McDonogh School, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 80 and lived in Randallstown.

Mrs. Dailey had worked in the admissions department of the Owings Mills school from 1956 until she retired in 1985.

Delores M. Smith was born and raised on West Lexington Street in Baltimore and graduated in 1937 from Western High School. She was married in 1946 to Charles E. Dailey Sr., who is a retired contractor and survives her.

She was a member of St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Catonsville and had been a communicant of the Ascension Episcopal Church in Randallstown.

Services were held Thursday at Stella Maris Hospice.

Mrs. Dailey also is survived by two sons, Charles E. Dailey Jr. of Monkton and Andrew T. Dailey of Salt Lake City; a brother, Wilmer Smith of Sykesville; and three grandchildren.

Vernon Thaxton, 77, Army sergeant major

Vernon Thaxton, a retired Army sergeant major, died at Genesis Eldercare in Randallstown on Sunday of heart disease. The Randallstown resident was 77.

He had served in the Army for 30 years and was stationed in Korea and later Vietnam, where he did two tours. He participated in the Dong Tam and Tan An campaigns and left in the U.S. exodus from Saigon.

In the mid-1970s, he went into Army intelligence work at Fort Meade. He retired from the Army in 1979 and became a Department of Defense employee, retiring a second time in 1998.

Born in Pittsburgh, where he attended local schools, he moved to Baltimore in 1950.

For many years, he was a tenpins bowler in Bill Brown's Singles League at the Colt Lanes on Security Boulevard.

In 1952, he married Romaine Jones, who survives him.

The funeral will be at noon today at March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Craig Thaxton of Atlanta; three daughters, Adrian Smith-Mattox of Oakland, Calif., and Tonya Chumley and Cynthia Thaxton, both of Pasadena, Calif.; two brothers, William Malloy and James Malloy, both of Pittsburgh; and seven grandchildren.

Dr. J. Walter Smyth, 71, urologist, Hopkins teacher

Dr. J. Walter Smyth, a chief hospital urologist who taught at the John Hopkins medical school, died Wednesday of the effects of progressive supranuclear palsy at his Roland Park home. He was 71.

The former chief urologist of Church, Good Samaritan and St. Joseph hospitals, he began his practice in 1963. He held the rank of associate professor of urology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he taught for many years.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Ednor Gardens, he graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School, Loyola College and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

After completing his internship at University Hospital, he served as a Navy flight surgeon in Pensacola, Fla. He then studied for five years at the Brady Urological Institute of the Hopkins School of Medicine. He retired in 1993.

In 1994, he received the Brother Bartholomew Varden Award for outstanding contributions to his profession and the community from Mount St. Joseph High School.

He was a past president and officer of the University of Maryland Medical Alumni association. He received its 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award. In 1952, he married Patricia Knott, a community volunteer, who survives him.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St.

He also is survived by five sons, James W. Smyth of Carmel, Ind., and Patrick J. Smyth, John C. Smyth, Thomas B. Smyth and Francis X. Smyth, all of Baltimore; three daughters, Peggy Smyth and Ann-Lindsay S. Marsh, both of Baltimore, and Brigid S. Lakin of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; a brother, Charles A. Smyth of Baltimore; two sisters, Virginia S. Cameron of Little Falls, Minn., and Margaret S. Hatfield of Bel Air; and 20 grandchildren.

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