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October 18, 1992

John W. Donaldson

Hochschild's manager

John W. Donaldson, retired general manager of the former Hochschild, Kohn & Co. department store, died of congestive heart failure and pneumonia Thursday at the Wilson Health Care Center of the Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg.

Services for Mr. Donaldson, who was 90, will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Scottish Rite Temple at Charles and 39th streets.

He and his wife of 18 years, the former Gordia Arthur, had lived at the retirement village for about two years. Mr. Donaldson lived most of his life in north central Baltimore.

The Howard County native retired in 1967 after working for 50 years at the family-owned department store at Howard and Lexington streets.

Mr. Donaldson was a 50-year member of the Scottish Rite Masons of Maryland, achieved the highest rank of 33rd degree and was sovereign grand inspector general emeritus. He was past master of the Doric Lodge 124 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.

In the York Rite Masonry, he was one of about 32 members in Maryland of the Red Cross of Constantine. He also was a member of the Baltimore Royal Arch Chapter, Jerusalem Council, Beausant Commandery, the Maryland York Rite College #58, the York Rite Sovereign College of North America, the Tall Cedars of Lebanon and the Order of the Eastern Star. He was a recipient of the Order of the Purple Cross and a noble of Boumi Temple.

Mr. Donaldson was past president of Goodwill Industries and the Rotary Club of Baltimore. He served on the executive board at Maryland General Hospital and the Maryland Bible Society and was a trustee for the Wesley Home, a Baltimore retirement center.

He was active for 60 years at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul St., as a Sunday school teacher, and superintendent and chairman of the pastor-parish relations committee.

His first wife, the former Deborah East, died in 1972. They were married 51 years.

In addition to his second wife, Mr. Donaldson is survived by a brother, W. Stanley Donaldson of Avenue, Md.; a stepdaughter, Betty Coe of Vero Beach, Fla.; four step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions may be sent to the restoration fund at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, or the Scottish Rite Foundation for Childhood Speech Disorders, 3800 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.

Arthur L. Drexel

Artist for Coast Guard

Arthur Linwood Drexel, a retired graphic artist for the U.S. Coast Guard, died Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital after a massive coronary. He was 72.

A Mass of Resurrection for Mr. Drexel, a 35-year Phoenix resident, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike, Hydes.

Mr. Drexel retired about 10 years ago after working for the Coast Guard for about 15 years. He lettered numbers and coding on the sides of ships.

Earlier in his career, he worked as a display artist for the National and Ballantine brewing companies. He was a Maryland Institute graduate.

Mr. Drexel served in the U.S. Army in France and Germany during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart.

He achieved the rank of fourth degree in the Knights of Columbus, Alhambra unit, and was a member of the AR-NA-MAR, a social club for veterans; the Pikesville American Legion Post 183; the Elks Club; the United States Golf Association, and St. John the Evangelist Church.

Mr. Drexel also gave his time to the Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Colette McGrail of Phoenix; a sister, Adelyne M. Drexel of Baltimore; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Aloysius McGrail, O.S.F., of Wilmington, Del., and Margaret Ann Kelly of Ormond Beach, Fla; three nieces; three nephews; and one grandnephew.

The family suggested memorial contributions may be sent to St. Joseph Hospital, 7620 York Road, Baltimore, Md. 21204.

Edgar F. Felder

Engineer with Navy

Edgar F. Felder, a retired quality assurance engineer for the Navy Department, died Thursday of heart disease at his home on Woodlea Avenue.

Services for Mr. Felder, 70, will be conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

He retired in 1989 from the Naval Electronic Systems Command after commuting from Baltimore for 21 years. Earlier, he worked for 17 years for what is now the Martin Marietta Corp.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College and the Johns Hopkins University. He served in the Navy during World War II.

He was a former Sunday school superintendent and church council president at Augustana Lutheran Church, where he also served as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts.

Fond of fishing and boating he had a summer home on Taylors Island and was a supporter of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Catherine E. Whitaker; a daughter, Valerie F. Manelli of Timonium and a son, Mark H. Felder of Baltimore.

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