Alton J. Murray, postal inspector, dies at 75Services for...


April 18, 1992

Alton J. Murray, postal inspector, dies at 75

Services for Alton J. Murray, a postal inspector who was a key investigator into the Maryland savings and loan scandal of the early 1960s, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home in Waycross, Ga.

Mr. Murray, 75, lived in St. Marys, Ga. He died Wednesday of kidney failure at a hospital in Brunswick, Ga.

He moved to Towson in 1951, when as a postal inspector he started investigating mail fraud in Baltimore. In 1969 he retired as head of the postal inspection district that included Maryland, West Virginia and Washington. From 1966 to 1969 he had commuted from his Towson home to his office in Washington.

Praised for his work by President John F. Kennedy, Mr. Murray received his department's meritorious service award for his work on the savings and loan cases.

Joseph D. Tydings, who became a U.S. senator after working with Mr. Murray in the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore, once said of him, "He is very straightforward, on the level. He is agreeable, charming, determined, has a great sense of humor. People trust him."

Born and educated in Millwood, in peanut-growing southeast Georgia, he would describe sophisticated financial manipulators as "dad-blamed rascals."

He joined the postal service in his hometown as a teen-ager, delivering mail on a rural route there in 1936.

During World War II he served as a naval lieutenant, overseeing mail delivery in the Mediterranean.

In the 1950s he was detached from his duties in Baltimore for a time to be a presidential courier.

Returning to Georgia after his retirement, he was active in community affairs and wrote two genealogical books, "Kindred Murrays" and "South Georgia Rebels."

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Dorothy Bunn; a daughter, Barbara M. Rogers of Ocala, Fla.; a son, Stephen A. Murray of Lancaster, Pa.; a brother, retired Air Force Col. Robert H. Murray of Waycross; and two grandchildren.

Madeline V. Mengele

Honored by archdiocese

Services for Madeline V. Mengele, who was honored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore for her work with a mission support group, will be held at 10 a.m. today in the chapel of Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road.

Mrs. Mengele, who was 76 and lived on Chesterfield Avenue, died Tuesday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital.

She received the awards after serving in the late 1930s as president of the Archbishop Curley Unit of what is now the Archdiocesan Veterans Mission Crusade.

She was a former prefect of the Sodality at St. Francis of Assisi Church and was a volunteer at the residence for retired sisters at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

The former Madeline Dukert was a native of Baltimore. She and her husband, John M. Mengele, a retired driver-rehabilitation instructor for the Motor Vehicle Administration, were active in the American Association of Retired Persons.

Mrs. Mengele enjoyed needlework. She reproduced paintings in needlepoint and crocheted more than 1,000 afghans. Many were donated to charity auctions and given to sisters at Villa Assumpta.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include two sons, Denis J. Mengele of Baltimore and Mark W. Mengele of Summersville, W.Va.; a sister, Cecilia Finley of Baltimore; and two brothers, Andrew J. Dukert of Pinehurst, N.C., and Joseph M. Dukert of Bethesda.

Daniel McCabe

Real estate developer

Services for Daniel McCabe, who had worked for the Davison Chemical and Crown Cork and Seal companies in Baltimore before becoming a real estate developer in New York state, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Dallas Care Center Chapel in Dallas, Ore.

Mr. McCabe, 80, had lived in Oregon since 1987. He died there Monday of a respiratory illness.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1930 graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and earned an electrical engineering degree at the Johns Hopkins University in 1934.

He moved in 1952 to Manlius, N.Y., southeast of Syracuse, where he developed real estate before retiring to Hilton Head Island, S.C., in 1978. He lived in Keene, N.H., for a short time before moving to Oregon.

He was active in a community theater on Hilton Head Island.

His wife, the former Lillian Milner, died in 1986.

He is survived by two daughters, Merrily McCabe of Salem, Ore., and Kerry Goldmeyer of Summerville, S.C.; two sons, James McCabe of Beaumont, Texas, and Daniel McCabe of West Linn, Ore.; one sister, Lee Burnham of Onancock, Va.; and seven grandchildren.

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