Francis Xavier "Xav" Trainor, a retired college educator and a World War II veteran, died in his sleep Tuesday at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster. The Finksburg resident was 85.
Mr. Trainor was born and raised in West Baltimore. He was a graduate of city public schools and served in Navy communications in the Caribbean from 1942 to 1946.
In 1951, he earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola College, and later returned to the North Baltimore college to obtain his master's degree.
He began his teaching career in 1952 at Patterson Park High School, where he taught writing and English literature for 18 years.
In 1971, he joined the faculty of Loyola College and taught English literature and writing until retiring in 1989.
"He was a superior educator and helped his students in all manner of things, and they loved him dearly," said his wife of 57 years, the former Gloria Kelbaugh, a retired Westminster High School business teacher.
Mr. Trainor was an avid reader who had a special interest in and collected books related to Abraham Lincoln. He also enjoyed listening to classical music, traveling to Ireland and woodworking.
He was a longtime communicant of St. John Roman Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today.
Also surviving are two sons, Barry F. Trainor of Columbia and Patrick M. Trainor of Hampstead; a daughter, Kathleen A. Papesh of Silver Run, Carroll County; and four grandchildren.