Edward Ruckner, rear admiral, dies at 81Services for...


September 17, 1991

Edward Ruckner, rear admiral, dies at 81

Services for retired Navy Rear Adm. Edward Aberle Ruckner will be held at 11 a.m. today in St. Andrew's Chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Admiral Ruckner, who was 81, died of heart failure Thursday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He had lived in Annapolis for 20 years since retiring from the Navy.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., he attended Rutgers University before entering the Naval Academy and graduating in 1932. He also earned a master's degree in electrical engineering in 1941 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Admiral Ruckner held numerous command assignments during

his naval career, achieving the rank of rear admiral while serving in Washington in 1960.

After an assignment in Long Beach, Calif., as a commander of cruiser-destroyer operations, he returned to Washington to become assistant chief of naval operations for training, then deputy chief of naval materiel for development. He was chief of naval development from 1963 to 1965.

From 1965 to 1967, Admiral Ruckner commanded the cruiser-destroyer force Atlantic Fleet. He ended his career in Washington, serving as deputy chief of naval operations for research and development from 1967 to 1971. During that time, he also was chairman of the NATO Naval Armaments Group.

He was a recipient of the Navy's Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Merit award. He was a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers.

His wife, Rosa Roszel Ruckner, died in 1989 after almost 54 years of marriage.

Admiral Ruckner is survived by a son, Edward A. Ruckner Jr. of Fairfax Station, Va.; a daughter, Rosa Ruckner Halbert of Baltimore; a sister, Edna M. Ruckner of Westwood, N.J.; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested donations be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, which has branches at all naval bases.

Arthur Henderson

Financial analyst

Services for Arthur E. "Art" Henderson, a financial analyst who formerly lived in Jarrettsville, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington.

Mr. Henderson, 39, died Friday of lung cancer at George Washington Hospital in Washington. He had been a financial analyst for Syscon Corp. in Washington and also worked as an analyst for other companies in the Washington area securing Army and Navy contracts.

At one time, he had co-owned a three-store chain of gift shops called the Thorntree Gift and Card shops in Georgetown. The stores are now out of business.

Mr. Henderson, who was reared in Jarrettsville, had lived in Washington since about 1977. He was a graduate of the West Nottingham Academy near Rising Sun and received a business degree from Maryville College in Tennessee.

Mr. Henderson is survived by his parents, Richard H. Henderson and Elizabeth Chenworth Henderson of Jarrettsville; his longtime companion, Mary Elizabeth Boyd, and her daughter, Mary Mallory Boyd, both of Arlington, Va.; a brother, Richard Allen Henderson of Jarrettsville; and a sister, Ann Henderson Ragonese of Lutherville.

Donations may be made to Food For Friends in Washington, D.C., or to the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005.

Mary E. Thompson

McDonogh teacher

Services for Mary Elizabeth Thompson, a retired Lower School teacher at the McDonogh School, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mrs. Thompson, who was 69 and lived on Jeffers Road in Towson, died Friday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice.

She retired in 1982 after 20 years at McDonogh and five more years of teaching at public schools in Baltimore, Frederick and Montgomery counties. Most frequently a second grade teacher, she also sometimes taught third grade classes.

The former Mary Elizabeth Schwartz was a native of Urbana, a 1939 graduate of Frederick High School and a 1943 graduate of what is now Towson State University.

She was also a tournament bridge player and a member of the American Bridge Association. She was fond of doing needlepoint.

She is survived by her husband, Quinton D. Thompson; a daughter, Susan R. Thompson of Padonia; a son, James C. Thompson of Westminster; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial donations could be made to the Lower School at McDonogh, the Towson State University Scholarship Fund, the Clynmalira United Methodist Church or Stella Maris Hospice.

Shirley Feldmann

Artist, musician

A Mass of Christian burial for Shirley Herzer Feldmann, who was interested in art and music, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6428 York Road.

Mrs. Feldmann who was 72 and lived in Stoneleigh, died Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital of kidney disease.

A native of Baltimore, the former Shirley Herzer was a graduate of what is now the Notre Dame Preparatory School and an honors graduate of the College of Notre Dame.

She studied the piano for many years at the Peabody Conservatory and privately.

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