Franklin Shelmon Dail Sr.

Franklin S. Dail Sr., a retired General Motors executive who enjoyed tennis and running, died Thursday of pneumonia at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 82.

The son of Franklin Dail, a grocery store owner, and Anna Dail, a homemaker, Franklin Shelmon Dail Sr. was born and raised at a home on Dundalk Avenue.


After graduating from Dundalk High School in 1950, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1953 in business management from the University of Baltimore, where he earned a law degree in 1961.

He served from 1953 to 1955 as a company clerk for the Army's 93rd Engineering Company in Germany.

Mr. Dail began his career in 1955 in labor relations at General Motors' Broening Highway plant, and later worked in training and development. At the time of his 1992 retirement, he was supervisory director of human resources development.

In 1971, Mr. Dail was named Maryland Trainer of the Year by the American Society of Training and Development.

He was a Boy Scout leader and a longtime Red Cross blood donor. He also served on the board for a decade of the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and on the advisory board of Community College of Baltimore County in Dundalk.

A longtime Dundalk resident who moved to Mays Chapel 16 years ago, Mr. Dail enjoyed playing tennis, skiing and biking.

Mr. Dail was a member of the Sparrows Point Country Club, where he chaired the tennis committee. After becoming a certified tennis instructor by the United States Professional Tennis Association in the 1990s, he taught at the Community College of Baltimore County in Dundalk and operated tennis camps at the Sparrows Point Country Club.

He had been a member and elder of Dundalk Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday school. He later attended Mays Chapel United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Dail is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Darlene Shealey; two sons, Franklin S. Dail Jr. of Dallas and L. Patrick Dail of New York City; two daughters, Jodi Bowman of Finksburg and Stacey Harman of Baldwin; and five grandchildren.