Eugene G. McKenna, 71, News American employee
Eugene G. McKenna, who worked for more than 20 years in the circulation department of the News American, died of cancer Jan. 26 at his Carney home. He was 71.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. McKenna attended Mount St. Joseph High School. He began working for the newspaper as a teen-ager and retired in 1984 from its street-sales operation. He also had been a mechanic for McKenna Pontiac in Baltimore.
Mr. McKenna served in the Army from 1948 to 1952, attaining the rank of sergeant. He was a member of the Parkville post of Veterans of Foreign Wars and served three terms as commander of American Legion Post No. 130 in Overlea.
When cancer was diagnosed when he was 54, Mr. McKenna held an annual bull roast to raise money for the Children's Cancer Fund.
He was a member of the Parkville Pleasure Club, the Ocean City Elks and the Oldtimers Tenth Ward Association, and was a communicant of St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church in Parkville.
Services were held Tuesday.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Florence McCall; a son, Kelly E. McKenna of Carney; three daughters, Kelleen McClure of Street, Deborah Angelonga of Ocean Pines and Kimberly McKenna of Pasadena; and five grandchildren.
Ruth E. Lilly, 86, insurance agent, Hunt Cup devotee
Ruth Elaine Lilly, a retired insurance agent and a devotee of the Maryland Hunt Cup, died Sunday of a cerebral hemorrhage at the Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 86.
A longtime 40th Street resident, Mrs. Lilly worked as an insurance agent at Tongue, Brooks & Co. after the death of her husband, who also had worked there, from 1972 until retiring in 1976. She later worked for several years in the business office of Roland Park Country School.
Ruth Elaine Smith was born and reared in Towson and graduated from Lida Lee Tall School. After graduating from a business school, she worked as a secretary for a Baltimore patent attorney.
She was married in 1941 to Thomas H.B.B. Lilly, who died in 1972.
The couple - avid Maryland Hunt Cup fans - attended the annual springtime timber race in Worthington Valley for nearly 40 years, family members said.
"They'd take fried chicken and Old-Fashioneds for my father, and she'd have her bottle of Cutty Sark scotch," said her son, Thomas A. Lilly of Lutherville.
Mrs. Lilly enjoyed ice skating, ballroom dancing and pool. She also was an accomplished bridge player and member of a weekly bridge club.
She was a founding member of the Roland Park Swimming Club and conducted a dancing class with her sister-in-law at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
Known for her carefree personality and flamboyant millinery, Mrs. Lilly liked walking from her Roland Park home on weekends to cheer on Johns Hopkins University athletic teams.
She liked shuttling senior citizens to doctor's appointments and other errands, and eating lunch at Valley Inn in Brooklandville.
Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.
In addition to her son, she is survived by three daughters, Scott Lilly of Baltimore, Blaine Lilly Allen of Morgan Hill, Calif., and Katie Lilly Kirby of Reisterstown; and six grandchildren.
Donald L. Causey, 76, elementary school teacher
Donald L. Causey, who taught at Sparks Elementary School for 26 years, died Sunday of heart failure at his Parkton home. He was 76.
Mr. Causey, who retired in 1981, had earlier taught at Fullerton and Stoneleigh elementary schools.
Born and reared in Baltimore, Mr. Causey was a 1944 graduate of City College. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served with the Seabees in the Pacific Theater, constructing military bases. He was discharged in 1946.
He worked as a carpenter while attending Towson State College on the G.I. Bill and earned his bachelor's degree in education in 1954.
Mr. Causey, who had been an Eagle Scout, served as scoutmaster of Troop 72 in Northwood.
He enjoyed hiking, tennis and working in his basement wood shop building furniture. He was a member of the Appalachian Trail Conference.
His marriage to the former Merrilee Oliver ended in divorce.
Services were held yesterday at the J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary in New Freedom, Pa. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Parson's Cemetery, North Division Street, Salisbury.
Mr. Causey is survived by two sons, Ronald M. Causey and Raymond E. Causey, both of Parkton; a daughter, Catherine L. Clark of Freeport, Maine; and seven grandchildren.
Nancy Jane Davenport, 74, homemaker and volunteer
Nancy Jane Davenport, a homemaker who enjoyed performing in and directing amateur theatrical productions, died Wednesday of heart failure at her Stoneleigh home. She was 74.
The longtime Stoneleigh resident appeared for many years in the Paint and Powder Club's annual productions, which raised money for charities.
She was born Nancy Jane Manship in Coatesville, Pa. After graduating from high school there, she attended Hood College and Blackstone College for Girls in Blackstone, Va.
Before her marriage in 1952 to Harold S. Davenport, who is now retired from the Textile Chemical Co., she worked as the society editor for the Coatesville Record newspaper.
Mrs. Davenport volunteered for more than 25 years at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
She was a member of St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, David F. Davenport of New York; two daughters, Robin Davenport of Easton, and Sandy Davenport of Parkton; and four grandchildren.
Robert E.P. Hendrick, 68, antiques dealer, volunteer
Robert E.P. Hendrick, an antiques dealer and museum volunteer, died Sunday of cancer at his Canton home. He was 68 and had lived in Baltimore for the past decade.
He was a volunteer at the Baltimore Museum of Art and had learned to carve decorative decoys at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury. Earlier, he was a curator at Colonial Williamsburg, Va., and at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. He once owned an antiques business in Water Mill, N.Y.
Services are private.
He is survived by a brother, Arthur Pomeroy Hendrick of Washington; a sister, Alice Hardigg of Conway, Mass.; and nieces and nephews.
Marie V. Read, 93, Catonsville accountant
Marie V. Read, a retired bookkeeper and accountant, died of pneumonia Sunday at St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Southwest Baltimore. She was 93 and lived in Catonsville.
Born in Baltimore, Marie Bounds was reared in West Baltimore. She was a 1927 graduate of St. Martin's Academy and the old Baltimore College of Commerce, where she studied accounting.
In 1941 she married Charles Foard Read, a Westinghouse purchasing agent. He died in 1972.
Mrs. Read was bookkeeper and accountant for the old Harry J. Patz advertising agency in downtown Baltimore for more than 30 years. She continued working as a personal accountant until her death.
Services were held Wednesday.
She is survived by two sons, George H. Read and Charles F. Read, both of Catonsville; three daughters, Marie-Elaine Romano and Evelynne D. Corbi, both of Ellicott City, and Martha L. Berger of Richmond, Va.; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Delroy L. Cornick Sr., 73, educator, college trustee
Delroy L. Cornick Sr., a retired educator and college trustee, died Wednesday of cancer at his Columbia home. He was 73.
He retired in 1992 as a Morgan State University professor of management in the institution's business department. He also served as an executive assistant to former Morgan president Andrew Billingsley.
Mr. Cornick was a co-founder of the Center for the Study of Alternative Futures, a Silver Spring social research firm on education and economic development issues.
In 1998, he was appointed to Howard County Community College's board of trustees. He was also on the board of Howard County's Department of Social Services.
Born in Springfield, Ill., he received a degree in economics from Ripon College in Ripon, Wis., and earned master's degrees from the University of Southern California and from American University in Washington. He also had a doctorate from the University of Southern California in public administration.
At time of his death he was writing his autobiography, Waking Up Black Every Morning.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Janet Moye; a son, Delroy Leon Cornick Jr. of Columbia; three daughters, Karen Cornick and Lisa Cornick-Turpin, both of Columbia, and Susan Cornick of New York; and seven grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, routes 29 and 108, Columbia, where he was an elder.
Anthony S. Maranto, 73, BGE supervisor, deacon
Anthony S. Maranto, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. supervisor and Roman Catholic deacon, died of cancer Jan. 25 at his Hamilton home. He was 73.
He worked 40 years at BGE, retiring in 1993 as a meter installation supervisor.
He had been an ordained dea- con for 30 years, with duties that included officiating at weddings, preaching at funerals and conducting baptisms.
Friends recalled his Sunday sermons at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Hamilton, where a Mass was offered for him Monday.
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, La., he was a staff sergeant in the Marine Corps and a drill instructor at Camp Lejeune, N.C., many years ago.
He grew tomatoes in his back yard and gave them to neighbors. He also was an accomplished cook.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Catherine Schreiber; two sons, Joe Maranto of Perry Hall and Lou Maranto of Gainesville, Va.; four daughters, Mary Brewer of Columbia, Cathy Haut of Carney, Therese Cosgrove of Sykesville and Beth Nash of Bel Air; three brothers, Phillip Maranto, Louis Maranto and R.B. Maranto, all of Baton Rouge; a sister, Tina Bonano of Baton Rouge; and 13 grandchildren.
Dr. Leo P. Krall, 87, an international leader in the field of diabetes and co-founder of Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, died Wednesday in Boston.
Dr. Krall, who lectured internationally, founded and directed the Joslin International Fellows Program, which facilitated the training of diabetes clinicians from around the world.
Dr. Krall developed self-maintenance programs for diabetics and led the annual Harvard-Joslin course that attracts doctors and other health professionals to Boston every year. He also was a lecturer at Harvard Medical School.
Darlene Luther, 54, a Minnesota state representative who was the wife of Rep. Bill Luther, died of stomach cancer Wednesday at her home in Brooklyn Park.
She was serving her fifth term in the Legislature and spent most of her time working on legislation to help the developmentally challenged and to ensure the safety of schoolchildren.
In 1992, the Luthers made Minnesota history when they became the first husband-and-wife team to serve together in the Legislature.
Herbert M. Strong, 93, a physicist who helped pioneer the production of industrial diamonds at the laboratories of General Electric Co., died Wednesday in Schenectady, N.Y., after a brief illness.
Mr. Strong, who researched the effects of high temperatures and high pressure, was among the GE scientists who invented the first reproducible process for making diamonds in 1955.
The breakthrough attracted worldwide attention. Scientists had tried for more than a century to convert carbon, an abundant and inexpensive substance, into nature's hardest material.
The process became the basis for GE's industrial diamond business. The company's diamond abrasives are used for cutting, grinding and polishing applications in industry.