Edward Danaher Sr.City employee, volunteerEdward J...


November 06, 1992

Edward Danaher Sr.

City employee, volunteer

Edward J. Danaher Sr., a retired supervisor of Baltimore housing inspectors and former insurance agency owner, died Sunday at the geriatric center at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center of cancer and complications from diabetes.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Danaher, 74, was offered yesterday.

He moved from Gardenville to Skylark Court in Carney about six years ago and retired about 12 years ago after 25 years of service with the city. Earlier, he owned the John C. Danaher Insurance Agency, which he operated for many years.

In addition to serving as an usher at St. Anthony's Church, teaching Confraternity of Christian Doctrine classes and doing all sorts of volunteer work at the church, he became active in youth sports programs, becoming known as "Mr. D" to the participants. He first coached in a youth baseball program at St. Anthony's, which fielded teams in Catholic Youth Organization and other citywide leagues, coaching an estimated 1,000 players over the years.

Also, he introduced soccer to the youths in the Northeast Baltimore parish and won championships in both soccer and baseball. He also coached in the parish basketball program.

His teams learned more than sports. One group found itself volunteering to paint the home of an elderly resident of the area who could not afford to hire a painter.

He had learned soccer as a child in East Baltimore, where he attended St. Elizabeth's School. A 1936 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, he was active as a fund-raiser and president of its alumni association, which named him Alumnus of the Year in 1974.

In addition, Mr. Danaher was a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and the Knights of Columbus, in which he belonged to the Archbishop Curley Council and the Archbishop Francis P. Keough Assembly of the Fourth Degree.

He is survived by his wife, the former Virginia Keenan; a daughter, Patricia Danaher Setlow of Baltimore; three sons, E. Jere Danaher Jr. of Baltimore, J. Richard Danaher of Parkville and David C. Danaher of Parkton; a brother, John C. Danaher of Ocean City; a sister, Regina Moniewski of Deltonia, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Mount St. Joseph High School Alumni Association. Mary Wheeler Chapman, a former high school teacher in Baltimore County, died Saturday of heart disease at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

Services for Mrs. Chapman, who was 66 and had lived in Salisbury for 20 years, were to be conducted at noon today at Douglas Memorial Community Church, Lafayette and Madison avenues. She had maintained her membership in the church while living elsewhere.

The former Mary Wheeler was a native of Elkridge who was reared in Baltimore. She graduated from Douglass High School and Morgan State University. She also did graduate work at New York University.

She taught English at Carver High School in Towson from 1949 until 1951, shortly after her marriage to Oscar J. Chapman Sr.

Mr. Chapman is professor emeritus of education at Salisbury State College and a retired colonel in the Air Force Reserve. He was also president of Delaware State College and academic dean of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a stepson, Oscar J. Chapman Jr. of New Castle, Del.; her mother, Lelar Conaway Hooker of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Elevator Fund at Douglas Memorial Community Church.

Arthur G. Morrill

Business Bureau official

Arthur G. Morrill, a former vice president of the Better Business Bureau in Baltimore, died Sunday at a hospital in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, after a stroke.

Services for Mr. Morrill, 74, who had moved to the Cleveland area in 1966, were to be conducted at 3 p.m. today at the Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home in Chagrin Falls.

Mr. Morrill retired about five years ago as director of publications for the Garland Co. and earlier for Tremco, both roofing materials companies.

He was born in Albany, N.Y., and reared in Kingston, N.Y. He attended Harvard University under an Army program during World War II and reached the rank of major. After the war, he began working for the Goodyear Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio, and in New Zealand, before coming to Baltimore as a sales manager in 1958.

He joined the Better Business Bureau in 1960 and served as vice president from 1963 until he moved to Cleveland to take a similar post. He left the Cleveland Better Business Bureau in 1969 and edited a publication on office procedures for several years.

His wife, the former Elizabeth O'Connor, died in 1986.

He is survived by two sons, Charles O. Morrill of Chagrin Falls and Arthur L. Morrill II of West Chester, Pa.; a sister, Doris Hoover of South San Gabriel, Calif., and four grandchildren.

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Merchant ship captain

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