Malcolm Hugh Nevin, a retired savings and loan executive who loved to restore custom cars and built an experimental plane after retirement, died of colon cancer Thursday at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. He was 78.
Born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and raised in Cleveland, Mr. Nevin graduated from John Adams High School in Cleveland in the late 1940s and soon joined the Air Force, said his daughter, Patty O'Brien of Westcliffe, Colo.
Mr. Nevin trained at an aircraft and mechanics school in Texas and was sent overseas to Tokyo. While there, he contracted tuberculosis and returned to the United States, eventually assigned for treatment to the Veterans Administration hospital center on Loch Raven Boulevard, Ms. O'Brien said.
At the time, tuberculosis was very difficult to treat, but Mr. Nevin volunteered to join an experimental treatment regimen that proved to be successful.
"After he got out of the hospital, it was a tough time for my dad, because a lot of people didn't believe you could be treated for tuberculosis. They wouldn't hire him," Ms. O'Brien said. "Baltimore Federal [Savings and Loan] didn't have a problem with that. They checked with the doctors and felt comfortable hiring him."
Starting as a bank teller, Mr. Nevin worked his way up through Baltimore Federal, retiring as a senior vice president in the early 1980s.
Throughout the years, Mr. Nevin maintained an extensive machine shop in the garage of the family's Lutherville home, always working on custom cars. The cars won many awards, and his final custom car - a 1946 flathead Ford street rod - is in the collection of the National Automotive and Track Museum of the United States in Auburn, Ind.
"Nothing was ever broken in our house. It just needed Dad's attention," Ms. O'Brien recalled.
Shortly after his retirement, Mr. Nevin decided to build an ultralight experimental aircraft - which he flew once and then decided to sell. "He said, 'That was very exciting, and now it's time to sell it,' " Ms. O'Brien said.
Mr. Nevin was a Master Mason and Scottish Rite Freemason. He and his wife, the former Lida Mae Smith, had recently moved to Presbyterian Home.
The couple were active members of Havenwood Presbyterian Church since before the congregation constructed its building in Lutherville, and Mr. Nevin enjoyed singing in the choir.
Services are set for 10 a.m. today at the church, 100 E. Ridgely Road.
In addition to his wife of 53 years and his daughter, Mr. Nevin is survived by a son, John S. Nevin of Stoneleigh, and two grandchildren.