George R. Siple
Corps project manager
George Rodney Siple, a retired project manager of the Army Corps of Engineers construction division in Baltimore and a World War II combat veteran, died of Parkinson's disease April 10 at the Summit Nursing Home in Catonsville. He was 81.
Born in Greenbank, W.Va., he attended Marlinton High School in Marlinton, W.Va., and the University of West Virginia at Morgantown, where he excelled in track, baseball, football and basketball. For a short time, he pitched in semipro baseball.
He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in the California Sierras in the 1930s and joined the Army when World War II began, serving in Europe. Mr. Siple was given a medical discharge in 1944 after he was wounded in France.
In 1946, he began a 30-year career as a civilian employee of the Army Corps of Engineers in Baltimore as a marine surveyor.
Mr. Siple is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Emma Cromer; a son, Dr. Donald J. Siple, chief of radiology at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore; a sister, Nell Gay Collett of Sacramento, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
Services were held April 13 in West Virginia.
The family suggested memorial donations to the Johns Hopkins Parkinson's Disease Center, Meyer 130, 600 S. Wolfe St., Baltimore, 21205. David Oliver Conrad, who as a member of the Washington County Historical Society helped plan the restoration of the one-room Beaver Creek School near Hagerstown, died Feb. 27 of heart failure at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington. He was 86.
Mr. Conrad was born in Hagerstown and attended the Blue Ridge Seminary in New Windsor.
For more than 30 years, he was employed as a plant manager by Eastern States Farmers Exchange, later Agway. At its Wilmington Marine Terminal plant he developed a granulating process for nitrate fertilizer. He also worked for the company in West Springfield, Mass., and in Baltimore. He lived in Towson before retiring and moving back to Hagerstown in the late 1960s.
Mr. Conrad was past president of the Wilmington Traffic Club affiliated with the Delaware Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. John in Wilmington and of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hagerstown, where a memorial service was held March 14.
His wife, the former Grace Fahrney, died of Alzheimer's disease in 1990.
Mr. Conrad is survived by a daughter, Carol Conrad Berzon of Unionville, Pa.; a son, David Conrad of Ruther Glen, Va.; two brothers, Morgan Conrad and Bruce Conrad, both living in Florida; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders program of the Washington County Hospital, 322 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown 21740.
Ice cream plant manager
Services for Charles Mowl, retired ice cream plant manager for High's of Baltimore Inc., will be held at noon today at the Eline Funeral Home, 934 S. Main St. in Hampstead.
Mr. Mowl died Thursday of heart failure at his home on Osborne Road in Boring. He was 73.
He retired in 1984 after nearly 45 years with High's. It was his only employment except for a period during World War II when he worked at the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard at Fairfield and then served in the Navy.
The native of Rogersville, Tenn., moved to Baltimore after graduating from high school there.
He enjoyed hunting deer, waterfowl and small game and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Dorothy Brilhart; two daughters, Charlotte Meadows of Kensington and Martha Knight of Ellicott City; three sons, Thomas L. Mowl of Manchester, Ronald C. Mowl of Madonna and David L. Mowl of Baltimore; a sister, Christine Christian of Rogersville; six grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the Boring Volunteer Fire Company or the Boring United Methodist Church.
Executive, former priest
A memorial Mass for Pierre Calegari, personnel director at the Turf Valley Country Club who as a Roman Catholic priest had taught at Catonsville's St. Charles College, will be offered at 5 p.m. tomorrow in Our lady of the Angels Chapel at the Charlestown Retirement Community on the former St. Charles campus, 711 Maiden Choice Lane.
Mr. Calegari, 60, died Wednesday of cancer at his home on Cedarhill Road in Randallstown.
He had worked at Turf Valley for about five years and was employed in personnel work for other local businesses before that. He was a former president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Society for Performance Improvement.
From 1964 to 1971, while a priest of the Sulpician order, he taught history, French and theology at St. Charles, which was then a seminary of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
He was an informal counselor and mentor of students at the college during those years. He also assisted the priests at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville.
Born in Montreal, he was raised in San Francisco.