George D. Pettit, engineer at Aberdeen Proving...


September 05, 1992

George D. Pettit, engineer at Aberdeen Proving Ground

George D. Pettit, a retired engineer at Aberdeen Proving Ground and a civil rights activist, died of influenza and respiratory illness Monday at his home in Aberdeen. He was 70.

Services will be at noon today at the Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Mr. Pettit retired in 1980 at the Army installation, where he had worked as an electrical and human factors engineer since 1958 on projects such as night-fighting equipment, ballistics and radar.

For eight years before that, he worked at Fort Holabird while living in Dundalk and Turners Station.

He was active in the civil rights movement. After moving to Aberdeen, he was vice president of the Harford County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Mr. Pettit sued the Harford County school board to gain admission for his son to the Aberdeen High School and speed up integration of the county schools. In 1960, his son, A. Dwight Pettit, now a lawyer, was admitted to the school. Until then, he had commuted to Baltimore to attend Lemmel Junior High School.

In 1973, Mr. Pettit won back pay for having been denied timely promotions at Aberdeen in a case before the U.S. Court of Claims. He was represented by his son.

The father served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union in Maryland.

Born in Sylva, N.C., he was a graduate of the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro.

He and a brother operated a tavern in Greensboro to support them while in college. Mr. Pettit's college career was interrupted by service in the Army in England during World War II and then for a short period when he worked as a truck driver in Baltimore.

Although he was turned down as too tall for training as a fighter pilot in the Army, he continued his interest in flying and received a private pilot's license in the 1960s.

For 25 years, he was treasurer of the Baltimore chapter of the North Carolina A&T University Alumni Association. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Sphinx Club.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Mildred Miller; his son, A. Dwight Pettit of Baltimore; seven brothers, Donald and John Pettit, both of Philadelphia, Haze, Argel and Abraham Pettit, all of Baltimore, Willard Pettit of Newport News, Va., and Joseph Pettit of Greensboro, N.C.; a sister, Dorothy Mae Saunders of Prospectville, Ky.; and two grandchildren. Carrie B. Josselyn, a former librarian and Selective Service official in Baltimore, died Tuesday at Baltimore County General Hospital of a respiratory illness. She was 92.

Services for the Fairhaven resident will be held at 10 a.m. today in the chapel of that Sykesville retirement community.

From 1920 to 1925, Miss Josselyn was a librarian at Eastern High School. She began working in 1940 for a draft board in the Patterson Park area and retired in 1964 as coordinator of the consolidated Baltimore City Selective Service Board.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Eastern and a 1920 graduate of Goucher College.

She later served her college class as secretary, alumnae magazine correspondent and fund-raising representative.

She was also active in Episcopal Church groups.

Her survivors include two sisters, Ella G. Josselyn and Hazel G. Krock, both of Fairhaven; and three nephews.

R. Carroll Granger

Was Sinai controller

R. Carroll Granger, former controller of Sinai Hospital, died Tuesday at a hospital in Largo, Fla., after a heart attack. He was 77.

Services for the Largo resident will be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the Lorraine Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, 5608 Dogwood Road in Woodlawn.

A former resident of Lochearn, Mr. Granger was on the Sinai staff from 1947 to 1966, when he moved to Boston to become director of internal audits for Boston Affiliated Hospitals. He retired in 1980.

The Baltimore native earned an accounting degree at the University of Baltimore and worked for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. before joining Sinai.

He is survived by his wife, the former Eva Frazer; three daughters, Ann Sail of Schenectady, N.Y., Susan Kingsley of Acton, Mass., and Joan Ring of Largo; a son, Robert C. Granger Jr. of Nashua, N.H.; and five grandchildren.

Leroy A. Weeks

Was lottery official

Leroy A. Weeks, retired daily lottery administrator for the State Lottery Agency, died Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a stroke. He was 67.

Services for the resident of Quaker Ridge Road in Timonium will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road.

Mr. Weeks retired in August after working for the state for 31 years. He had been with the Lottery Agency since its start in 1973 and for a time was acting deputy director, heading the administration division.

Earlier, he was a counselor in the Department of Employment Security and an administrator in the Department of Social Services.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and the University of Maryland who did graduate work at the Johns Hopkins and George Washington universities.

He was a Navy pilot during World War II and, later, a lieutenant commander in the Reserve.

A member of the Waverly Lodge of the Masons and the Scottish Rite, he had been a trustee of the Govans-Boundary United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Roberta Lee; a brother, Robert Weeks of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; a sister, Carol Williams of Tucson, Ariz.; three nephews; and three nieces.

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