L.Earl Griswold, professor at Western Maryland...


April 11, 1992

L.Earl Griswold, professor at Western Maryland College

Services for L. Earl Griswold, retired chairman of the sociology department at Western Maryland College, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Westminster United Methodist Church.

Dr. Griswold, who was 71, died Thursday after an apparent heart attack at his home in Westminster. He retired five years ago as chairman of the sociology department, and had taught courses in anthropology at the college since 1956.

In the 1970s, he made films, many of them on deafness and others on anthropological research in conjunction with the college, and also promotional films for Carroll County and other Maryland subdivisions.

In 1972, one of the films on deafness, "They Grow in Silence," won an award from the Public Broadcasting System. The college for many years has had an extensive degree program accommodating deaf students.

Dr. Griswold also operated Swissvale Dairy Farms near Westminster, where he raised Brown Swiss cattle before developing the property in the late 1970s as the Wakefield Valley

Golf Club and as a residential community with the same name.

He was also active in the United Methodist Church, serving on the Board of Global Ministries of the Baltimore Conference and as a coordinator for volunteers in missions for the conference and the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the church.

At the time of his death, he was the coordinator of volunteers for his church's Russian relief program, and during the 1960s he started the Student Opportunities Service Group at Western Maryland College, which established libraries and did community development work in areas that needed them.

Born in West Colesville, N.Y., he attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., before his graduation from the Johns Hopkins University. He earned his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Kentucky.

During World War II, he flew B-17s in Europe for the Army Air Corps. He was a psychological warfare officer for the Air Force during the Korean War.

Dr. Griswold was fond of orchid growing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lura Crary; a daughter, Linda Griswold Lawson of Westminster; two sons, David C. Griswold of Westminster and Steven E. Griswold of Newnan, Ga.; a sister, Beulah Eddy of Birchardville, Pa.; and five grandchildren.


Nancy M. Bolin

Lived in Timonium

A memorial service for Nancy Mobley Bolin, a former resident of Timonium, will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow in the Mount Pleasant (S.C.) Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Bolin, who was 73 and lived in Mount Pleasant since 1983, died yesterday of cancer at a hospital in Charleston, S.C.

She lived in Timonium from 1955 until her husband, Robert A. Bolin, retired as senior vice president of the USF&G Corp. Mr. Bolin died in 1991.

The former Nancy Mobley was a native of Monroe, Ga., and attended the University of Georgia, in Athens, and Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.

She was a member of the Towson Presbyterian Church and the %% Hunt Valley Country Club while she lived in the Baltimore area.

She is survived by three daughters, Patricia B. Cecil of Gibson Island, Judith B. Smith of Atlanta, and Margaret B. O'Dell of Bristol, Tenn.; a sister, Jewel Mobley Maiden of Bristol; a brother, Coleman T. Mobley of Downey, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.

Charles H. Wilson Jr.

Worked for AT&T

A Mass of Christian burial for Charles H. Wilson Jr., an account executive for the American Telephone & Telegraph Co. in New York City, will be offered at 11.30 a.m. today at St. Cecilia's Roman Catholic Church, Windsor Avenue and Hilton Street.

Mr. Wilson, who was 37, died Sunday of cancer at a hospital in New York City.

He moved there in 1984 after working for AT&T in Washington for four years.

Earlier, he worked for the Maryland National Bank and the interna

tional division of the Harris Bank in Chicago.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1972 graduate of Douglass High School and a 1976 graduate of Lake Forest College in Illinois. He had majored in French and international relations. He also studied at Laval University in Quebec.

He enjoyed cooking, the opera and traveling abroad.

He is survived by his parents, Doris and Charles H. Wilson Sr. of Baltimore; two sisters, Carolyn Joiner and Karen Wilson, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Kenneth Wilson of Baltimore and David Wilson of Panama City, Panama; his grandmother, Doris Distance of Baltimore; and a devoted friend, Leslie Rogers of New York.

Joseph M. Patterson

Theater administrator

Graveside services for Joseph M. Patterson, a theater arts administrator in San Francisco and formerly in Baltimore, will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road.

Mr. Patterson, who was 47, died March 30 at a San Francisco hospital of complications of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. He was the director of finance at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

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