Frank A. ParkerNative of BaltimoreServices for Frank A...


October 03, 1991

Frank A. Parker

Native of Baltimore

Services for Frank A. Parker, a native of Baltimore who headed operations research firms, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Washington Episcopal Cathedral.

Mr. Parker, who was 75 and lived in Bethesda, died Tuesday at a nursing home in Rockville of complications to Parkinson's disease.

In 1961, John Hopkins University divested itself of its operations research organization, and Mr. Parker took it over, becoming president of the new Research Analysis Corp. and moving the company to McLean, Va.

It grew to 500 employees and did much government work, including design of command and control systems and improvements to logistical systems for the Army.

In 1972, Mr. Parker merged the company with the General Research Corp. He was vice president of the company until he retired in 1973.

In 1974, he formed the American Energy Research Co., which studied the benefits and economic feasibility of alcohol and synthetic fuels. He retired from that company about 10 years ago.

An associate fellow of the American Institute on Aeronautics and Astronautics, Mr. Parker was a member of the Operations Research Society of America, the Association of the U.S. Army, the International Club of Washington and the Chevy Chase Club.

He served on panels of the President's Science Advisory Committee and as a delegate to NATO conferences.

Born in Baltimore, and a graduate of City College and Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Parker left graduate studies at Johns Hopkins to join the Navy's rocket research laboratories in Annapolis. He helped to perfect jet-assisted takeoff equipment for Navy planes and reached the rank of lieutenant commander.

Later, he worked in various research programs, including jet propulsion at Princeton University and the construction of research nuclear reactors in California by the Atomic Energy Division of American Standard Inc.

In 1959, he became assistant director of Research and Engineering in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a post he held until taking over the Hopkins unit.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Grace Moore; a son, Jeffrey Parker of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; a daughter, Carol Parker Harnik of Arlington, Va.; and four grandchildren.

Lillian F. Grasser

Beauty shop owner

A Mass of Christian burial for Lillian F. Grasser, a retired beauty shop owner, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 4414 Frankford Ave.

Mrs. Grasser, who lived on Belair Road in the Gardenville area, died Sunday at Franklin Square Hospital after a stroke and heart attack in July. She was 90.

From 1954 until they retired in 1979, she and her husband, Charles G. Grasser Sr., operated a beauty shop at their Belair Road home, with special services such as transportation and low prices for elderly clients.

From 1930 until 1954, they operated the business, known as Grassers' Beauty Shop, on East Oliver Street.

A native of St. Mary's County, the former Lillian F. Trossbach came to Baltimore as a young woman.

Skilled at crocheting, she also was a gardener who raised vegetables and her favorite flower, snapdragons. She wrote poetry and a family history.

Mr. Grasser died in 1986.

She is survived by two daughters, C. Ruth Marsalek of Baltimore and Margaret F. Mueller of Bel Air; a son, Charles G. Grasser Jr. of Baltimore; a brother, Bernard Trossbach of Dameron; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Joseph F. Kutsner

Retired engineer

Joseph F. Kutsner, a native of Baltimore and a retired engineer for the Martin Marietta Corp., died Saturday of liver failure at a hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Services for Mr. Kutsner, who was 59 and lived in Colorado Springs, were held yesterday at the Swan-Law Funeral Chapel there.

He retired from Martin Marietta about a year ago after nine years of service.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Loyola High School and Loyola College, where he majored in physics. He also did graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Johns Hopkins University.

He was transferred to Colorado 23 years ago while working for the Bendix Radio Division in Towson. He worked for a time for the Ford Aerospace Division of the Ford Motor Co. in Colorado before starting with Martin Marietta.

He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Schmidt; two sons, Bob and David Kutsner, both of Colorado Springs; two daughters, Lisa Heline of Littleton, Colo., and Stefanie Kutsner of Colorado Springs; his mother, Elizabeth B. Kutsner of Baltimore; and a sister, Marlene Dietrich of Baltimore.

J. C. Gagliano Jr.

City policeman

Services for Joseph C. Gagliano Jr., a Baltimore policeman, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Stauffer Funeral Home in Frederick.

Police Agent Gagliano, who was 37 and lived in New Windsor, died Saturday at the Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis, where he had gone for treatment of cancer.

He was a member of the operations unit of the Northwestern District, where he had served for much of the time since joining the force in 1977.

Born in New York City, he was a graduate of Selden High School and Suffolk County Community College in New York and Glassboro State College in New Jersey.

He came to the Baltimore area in the mid-1970s.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and a football and basketball fan. He played on youth and recreational basketball teams.

He is survived by his wife, the former Deborah Hatch; a daughter, Laura Lee Gagliano; his parents, Marjorie and Joseph C. Gagliano Sr., both of Casselberry, Fla.; two brothers, Stephen Gagliano of Omaha, Neb., and Pasquale Gagliano of Casselberry; two sisters, Marjorie Mennona of Casselberry and Nancy Gingrass, of Warrensburg, Mo., and many nieces and nephews.

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