John T. GrailHeaded inspection firmServices for John T...


May 14, 1992

John T. Grail

Headed inspection firm

Services for John T. Grail, who retired in 1990 as president of Boiler Pressure Vessels Inspection Agency Inc., which inspects boilers under contract to the federal government, will be held at noon today at the E.F. Lassahn Funeral Home, 11750 Belair Road in Kingsville.

Mr. Grail, 64, died Saturday in his sleep of apparent heart disease at his home on Honeysuckle Drive in Bel Air.

He founded the company after retiring in 1987 as chief boiler inspector for the State Division of Labor and Industry, having worked for the state since 1972. Earlier, he was an inspector for the Lumberman Mutual Insurance Co. for two years.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Harford Community College.

During World War II, he was a merchant seaman before serving in a Navy Construction Battalion. In 1952 he returned to the Navy as a machinist's mate, retiring in 1970 as a chief petty officer.

From 1946 to 1952, he worked for Rustless Iron and Steel Co., now Baltimore Specialty Steels Corp.

He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Fleet Reserve Association.

He is survived by his wife, the former Barbara Turner; four daughters, Cheryl Ann Graff of Columbia, Karen Denise Uyesugi of Riverdale, Ga., Dawn Mari Grail of Baltimore and Lurene G. Wheatley of Easton: his mother, Eva L. Williams of Bel Air; a brother, Louis E. Williams of Baltimore; two sisters, Helen Patricia Supik of Bel Air and Anna Lynn Simpson of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Harold Daniels Jr.

NSA personnel director

A Mass of Christian burial for Harold E. Daniels Jr., a civilian employee of the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade for about 30 years, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave. in Glen Burnie.

Mr. Daniels, 60, died Monday of heart failure at his home on Elm Drive in Glen Burnie.

His positions at the NSA included deputy director of information security and director of personnel. More recently, he was an operations executive with ITT Defense Communications in Washington, where he was employed about three years.

Caspar W. Weinberger, then the secretary of defense, presented him with the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Award in 1987.

A native of Winchendon, Mass., Mr. Daniels was a 1953 graduate of St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vt. He served in the Navy before beginning his NSA career and moving to Glen Burnie in 1957.

He is survived by his wife, Lorita A. Daniels; two sons, Mike Daniels of Boston and Robert Daniels of Baltimore; two daughters, Judith Gast of Jacksonville, Fla., and Kara Daniels of Glen Burnie; and six grandchildren.

Gladys Powell Curtis

Teacher, volunteer

A memorial service for Gladys Powell Curtis, a former French teacher who was active in volunteer work, will be held at 4 p.m. today at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St.

Mrs. Curtis died Monday of cancer at her home on York Court. She was 89.

She had volunteered at the School of the Chimes, of which her husband was a founder; at the Day Care Workshop of the League for the Handicapped; and at the old City Hospitals, where she was an arts and crafts teacher for the Red Cross.

She had been vice president of the community division of the United Appeal and a class correspondent for the Goucher College alumnae publication. She chaired the booths and concessions committee for Goucher Country Fairs and had been a den mother for Pack 64 of the Cub Scouts.

The former Gladys Powell, born in Baltimore, was a 1921 xTC graduate of Western High School and a 1925 graduate of Goucher.

She taught French at Wicomico High School in Salisbury and at Forest Park High School in Baltimore as a young woman.

Her husband, Franklin O'Neill Curtis, died in 1983.

She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Curtis Blaine of Charlotte, N.C.; a son, Daniel B. Curtis of Baltimore; a brother, Milton Williams Powell of Sun City West, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

T. Paul Anderson Sr.

Mechanic, woodworker

Services for T. Paul Anderson Sr., a longtime Anne Arundel County resident who retired about four years ago as an auto mechanic and was an accomplished woodworker, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Barranco and Sons Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road in Severna Park.

A native of Lick Creek, W.Va., he died Sunday of cancer at the age of 71 at his home in Great Cacapon, W.Va.

Mr. Anderson worked for about 20 years for the engineering firm of John Harms Jr. and Associates. He had moved moved to Arnold in 1951 and worked first for a Sinclair Station at Ritchie Highway and Jones Station Road and then for a short time for a Citgo Station at Ritchie Highway and McKinsey Road.

He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and was a member of the American Legion.

He studied the habits of birds and other wildlife, following bees back to their hives. The products of his wood-carving skill included dollhouse furnishings, guitars and banjos.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, the former Jessie Phillips; four daughters, Jessie Wiseman, Mary Clouatre and Terrie Currence, all of Arnold, and Rhonda Dietrich of Gering, Neb.; two sons, Thomas P. Anderson Jr. of Arnold and Daniel Anderson of Centreville; three sisters, May West of Kegley, W.Va., Virginia Delp of Arlington, Va., and Mary Jo Gravley of Feron, Utah; a brother, Franklin Arista of Bluefield, W.Va.; 19 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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