Owen J. Nugent Sr.Retired consultantA Mass of Christian...


August 20, 1991

Owen J. Nugent Sr.

Retired consultant

A Mass of Christian burial for Owen J. Nugent Sr., a retired consultant for the Crown Cork and Seal Co., will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 5502 York Road, Govans.

Mr. Nugent, who was 98, died Saturday after a brief illness at the Stella Maris Hospice. He had moved to the hospice from Govans more than two years ago.

He retired in 1961 from Crown Cork and Seal, where he had served as foreman of the cork grinding department earlier in his 38-year career.

A native of Alexandria, Va., he came to Baltimore in 1918 after his marriage to the former Margaret Cummings, who died in 1974.

He served in the Navy during World War I as an instructor aboard the USS Constellation.

A football and baseball fan, he played sandlot baseball as a youth in Alexandria and once pitched in a game with Baltimore's St. Mary's Industrial School in which Babe Ruth was the opposing pitcher.

A crossword puzzle fan, he compiled his own dictionary of unusual words, which he updated for more than 30 years.

He is survived by five sons, Owen J. Nugent Jr. of Jenkintown, Pa., George E. Nugent of Syracuse, N.Y., and Robert C., Hilary J. and C. William Nugent, all of Baltimore; four daughters, Anne N. Kenney of Frostburg, Helen N. Leach of Bel Air, Sister Margaret Nugent, S.S.C., of Milwaukee and Mother Maria Nugent, O.S.B., of Bethlehem, Conn.; a brother, Robert G. Nugent of Alexandria; a sister, Virginia Rayhawk of St. Louis, Mo.; 20 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

James J. Simms

City patrolman

A Mass of Christian burial for Patrolman James J. Simms of the Communications Division of the Baltimore City Police Department will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, McClean Boulevard and Northern Parkway.

Patrolman Simms, who was 59 and lived on Fair Oaks Avenue, hTC died Sunday of cancer at Good Samaritan Hospital. On the Communications Division staff since 1987, he had worked in the Traffic Division since 1957, the year after he joined the force and was assigned to the Southern District.

Born in Baltimore, he served in the Navy during and after the Korean War.

He was a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and of the Parkville Post of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, the former Betty Catherine Morrow; two sons, James J. Simms Jr. of Parkville and Gregory Steven Simms of Baltimore; a stepson, W. Thomas Roth of Fallston; a sister, Patricia Puls of Baltimore; two brothers, John Simms of Catonsville and Lawrence Simms of Rosedale; a grandson; and two stepgranddaughters.

Jack E. Leisch

Owned engineering firm

Services for Jack E. Leisch, a former Baltimore resident who had been a federal roads engineer and later retired from his own engineering firm, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Weinstein Brothers Chapel in Wilmette, Ill.

Mr. Leisch, who was 78 and lived in Wilmette, died Sunday of cancer at a hospital in Evanston, Ill.

Born in Europe, he was a 1932 graduate of the Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore and a 1935 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University. At Poly, he was a member of both the track and football teams.

In 1936, he began working for the Bureau of Public Roads on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive.

He served as chief of the bureau's design development branch and helped in the development of the interstate highway system and highway design standards for the Federal Highway Administration.

In 1956, he moved to Chicago and became chief highway engineer for the engineering firm of DeLeuw, Cather & Co. From 1963 to 1969, he served as vice president and chief engineer of its Canadian branch and lived in Toronto.

Returning to Chicago, he started his own transportation consulting firm, Jack E. Leisch and Associates, which did work in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Israel and Thailand in addition to the United States and Canada before he merged it with a Colorado engineering firm and retired in 1989.

A lecturer at graduate engineering schools, he was the recipient of the Theodore M. Matson Memorial Award of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and other awards from the Department Commerce, the transportation research board of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Bettye Holtzman; two sons, Gregory H. Leisch of Alexandria, Va., and Joel P. Leisch of Glenview, Ill.; his mother, Tania L. Harris of Miami Beach, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

Benjamin Ellsberry

IRS auditor

Services for Benjamin R. Ellsberry, a retired auditor for the Internal Revenue Service, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Towson United Methodist Church, Hampton Lane and Dulaney Valley Road.

Mr. Ellsberry, who was 76 and lived in Anneslie, died Saturday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center after a weeklong illness.

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