Lt. Angus J. Park of Howard County police dies
Lt. Angus J. Park, who ran the Howard County Police Department's education and training division even as Lou Gehrig's disease relentlessly weakened him over the past year, died yesterday at Carroll County General Hospital in Westminster.
In his honor, the Howard County flag was lowered to half-staff at the county government complex in Ellicott City yesterday morning. A police funeral with a departmental honor guard will be held for Lieutenant Park at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Calvary United Methodist Church in Finksburg.
The 47-year-old police lieutenant, a former high school teacher who spent 20 years in the county Police Department, showed up on schedule for work the last time on Friday. The nerve disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, had initially caused him to limp into work, then walk in with a cane and, in the last four months, to use a wheelchair.
"The office never missed a beat despite the deterioration brought on by his disease," Officer Mark Maggio said of his boss. "He was still Angus. The disease did not affect his mind. He was still talking about setting goals for 1992 and always projecting ahead." And "he never let embitterness, regret or anger show. He continued to show concern about what was going on in our lives," Officer Maggio said.
When the lieutenant had to use a wheelchair, he consented to having several officers living near him in Finksburg drive him to and from work, said Maj. Mark L. Paterni, the department's Field Operations Bureau commander.
Lieutenant Park, whose clear thinking and character were attributes his fellow officers remembered about him yesterday, had a difficult personal decision to make in recent days, Major Paterni said. He had to decide whether to extend his life with a life support system at the hospital.
"After consulting with doctors and his wife, he decided it was not in his family's interest and he declined any artificial life sustaining efforts," Major Paterni said. "It was another example of his selflessness."
Lieutenant Park joined the Police Department in 1971 after teaching four years at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City, realizing a lifelong ambition to enter law enforcement. A native of Lonaconing, he had graduated in 1962 from Valley High School and four years later received a bachelor of science degree from what was then Frostburg State College.
While he was a corporal in the county Police Department, he went to class at night and was awarded a master of science degree in administration of justice in 1979 from American University in Washington. He also was a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
He spent the last two years as head of the Howard County Police Department's education and training division after being the department's public information officer from 1987 to 1989. Other stints were with the department's community assistance section, communications division, research and planning division and patrol.
Lieutenant Park was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Park of Finksburg; two sons, Thomas A. Park and Ian A. Park, both of Finksburg; and his mother, Edna Park of Lonaconing.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Capt. G. Edward Wessel Memorial Fund in care of the county Police Department, or the Calvary United Methodist Church in Finksburg. A memorial service for Doris E. Yeany, who worked as a nurse in Baltimore hospitals before moving to Thousand Oaks, Calif., in 1960, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7001 Harford Road.
The former Doris Elizabeth Hanna died Aug. 27 at a hospital in Boulder, Colo., of complications to scleroderma.
She is survived by her husband, Norman A. Yeany; a son, Stewart Yeany of Boulder; a daughter, Ellen Yeany of Thousand Oaks; a brother, William Melvin Hanna of Virginia Beach, Va.; and two grandchildren.