John D. Strong, taught astronomy at HopkinsA Mass of...


March 24, 1992

John D. Strong, taught astronomy at Hopkins

A Mass of Christian burial for John Donovan Strong, an astronomer who was a professor at the Johns Hopkins University before moving to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Brigid's Roman Catholic Church in Amherst.

Dr. Strong died of cancer Saturday at age 87 at a nursing home in Amherst.

He retired from the University of Massachusetts in 1975, when he was named a professor emeritus. He had been director of the Laboratory of Astrophysics and Physical Meteorology there since From 1945 to 1967, he was a professor and laboratory director at Hopkins.

He began his career in 1930 at the California Institute of Technology. He remained there until 1942, when he moved to Harvard University to conduct research related to the war effort during World War II.

Among his innovations in astronomy and optics were a process for silvering mirrors in astronomical telescopes, including the 200-inch mirror at Mount Palomar Observatory in California, and an optical telescope system for an observatory lifted into the stratosphere by a balloon. It found water vapor in the atmosphere of Venus.

He was awarded the Longstreth and Levy medals of the Franklin Institute and the Ives Medal of the Optical Society of America, of which he had served as president.

Author of three books in his field, he was a fellow of the American Academy of Sciences and received honorary doctorates from Southwestern University at Memphis, Tenn., and from the University of Massachusetts.

Born in Riverdale, Kan., he was a 1926 graduate of the University of Kansas. He earned his doctorate in 1930 from the University of Michigan.

His interests included flower gardening. He enjoyed working in two greenhouses at his home while he was a member of the Hopkins faculty.

He is survived by his wife, the former Bethany June McLaughlin; two daughters, Patricia Sheppard of Vinalhaven, Maine, and Virginia Kimball of Westford, Mass.; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Otis Ballard

Coast Guard welder

A memorial service for Otis Ballard, a welder at the Coast Guard yard in Curtis Bay and owner of the Brighton Inn in Landsdowne in the 1950s, will be held at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. David's Episcopal Church in Englewood, Fla.

Mr. Ballard, who was known as Jack, died Friday of heart disease in Englewood, where he had lived for more than 10 years. He was 78.

The native of Clayton, Okla., was a foreman who had been with the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co. for 30 years before settling in the Baltimore area in 1951.

He was a member of a Masonic lodge in Bloomington, Ill.

His wife, the former Gladys Ireland, died in 1982.

He is survived by two sons, H. Lee Ballard of Horseshoe Beach, Fla., and Michael Ballard of Fallston; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Rev. Harry A. Price

Methodist minister

The Rev. Harry A. Price, a retired United Methodist minister who had been the first director of clergy services at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, died March 10 of congestive heart failure at a retirement community in Selinsgrove, Pa. He was 96.

Dr. Price moved to Selinsgrove from Baltimore in 1970.

He was chaplain at the hospital from 1956 until his retirement in 1963. His wife, the former Mary Sanders, was director of nursing services and of the nursing school at Hopkins between 1963 and her retirement in 1970. She died in 1985.

The couple met during World War II while he was a chaplain in an Army hospital unit in the Pacific that was staffed by Hopkins personnel.

A native of Tarrs Station, Pa., Dr. Price was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, the Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and West Virginia Wesleyan College, from which he received his doctorate and where he later was on the board.

He served churches in the Pittsburgh area before World War II. After the war, he was superintendent of the Pittsburgh District of what is now the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Active in Methodist affairs both nationally and internationally, he was director of the denomination's exhibit at the New York World's Fair in 1963.

He had been an exchange preacher in churches in England, Scotland and Wales. After moving to Selinsgrove, he was an interim pastor in churches in that area, in New England and in the Baltimore-Washington area.

He was a member of the Snyder County Historical Society in Selinsgrove and a former president of its Rotary Club.

He is survived by three sisters, Mildred P. Yetter of Pittsburgh and Nellie P. Hoke and Gladys M. Howe, both of Myersdale, Pa.; a niece; and two nephews.

A memorial service for Dr. Price was held Sunday at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Selinsgrove.

Shaun McGill

Ice skater, dancer

Shaun McGill, an internationally known ice skater and principal member of Baltimore's ice dancing company, Next Ice Age, died of AIDS yesterday in Toronto. He was 30.

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