Adm. J.C. Daniel, helped to craft Korean armisticeFORT...


November 28, 1992|By Knight-Ridder News Service Arthur W. Eyler Masonry contractor

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA — Adm. J.C. Daniel, helped to craft Korean armistice

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Navy Vice Adm. John C. Daniel, who helped put together the agreement that became the armistice treaty that ended the Korean War, died of complications from pneumonia and heart problems on Monday at North Beach Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. He was 93.

A funeral service for Admiral Daniel was to be held today in Fort Lauderdale.

Admiral Daniel was born and reared in Philadelphia and was a graduate of the Class of '24 at the U.S. Naval Academy, said his son, John C. Daniel Jr. of Walnut Creek, Calif.

"He didn't excel there, but in war and at sea he did," his son said.

As an ensign, Admiral Daniel saw his first duty aboard a destroyer -- a vessel that would become his first love at sea.

During World War II, he fought in every major Pacific sea battle, and had the distinction of never losing a man or a ship to the enemy.

When the Japanese surrendered aboard the USS Missouri in September 1945, Admiral Daniel stood behind Gen. Douglas MacArthur and watched the historic proceedings.

During the Korean War, Admiral Daniel was assigned to the United Nations command and became a top peace negotiator for Gen. Mark Clark. The admiral is credited with putting together the final agreement that became the armistice agreement that, with its signing in 1953, ended that war.

Immediately after the agreement was signed, Admiral Daniel stood at the famed Panmunjom bridge in what is now North Korea and greeted the first American prisoners of war released by the North Koreans.

Later, he would serve as commander of the Atlantic Fleet, and as commandant of the 6th Naval District in Charleston, S.C. He retired in 1960 after 36 years at sea.

In addition to his son, he is survived by a second son, Tim D. Daniel of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Arthur W. Eyler, a retired masonry contractor, died Wednesday of complications of Parkinson's disease at his home in Eldersburg.

Graveside services for Mr. Eyler, who was 83, were to be conducted at 1:45 p.m. today at Providence Cemetery in Gamber.

A resident of Eldersburg for 23 years, he had earlier lived and worked in Parkville.

He worked in brick, cinder block and concrete but specialized in stonework, building stone homes and additions, including a house for himself on Old Harford Road. He also rebuilt an old spring house off Harford Road near the Gunpowder River.

At one time, he had his own welding shop, repairing his own and farmers' equipment.

He was a native of the Carroll County community of Middleburg.

His survivors include his wife, the former Daisy Pauline Barnes; a daughter, Colleen A. Wright of Baltimore; a brother, Donald W. Eyler of Baltimore; a sister, Mildred E. Barnes of Westminster; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary B. Eline

Funeral director

Mary B. Eline, who worked for nearly 60 years with her husband in the family-owned funeral home, died Wednesday at Carroll County General Hospital in Westminster after a stroke.

Services for Mrs. Eline, who was 85 and lived on Austin Road in Reisterstown, were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road in Reisterstown.

She retired as a funeral director in 1988 after the death of her husband, J. Edwin Eline, with whom she had worked since their marriage 59 years earlier. The funeral home is now owned by two of their sons.

The former Mary Bevard was a native of Sykesville and attended Western Maryland College after her graduation from a preparatory school at the college.

A member of the Woman's Club of Glyndon and Trinity Lutheran Church in Reisterstown, she also liked to play bridge and was a volunteer at Springfield Hospital Center where she was a member of the auxiliary.

She is survived by three sons, James B. and J. Edwin Eline Jr., both of Reisterstown, and Jerry S. Eline of Hampstead; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

George M. Cranor

Car salesman

George M. Cranor, a retired automobile salesman, died Wednesday of heart failure at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Services for Mr. Cranor, who was 88 and lived on Venable Avenue, were to be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road.

He retired about 15 years ago from Towson Ford Sales Inc. Earlier, he was vice president of the old Talbott Motor Co. in Waverly.

During his entire career, he worked for Ford dealers, starting in Chestertown, where he was born and raised.

Mr. Cranor liked to sing hymns and directed the music for the adult Bible class at Waverly United Methodist Church.

His first wife, the former Ida Crossland, died in 1979.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ethel Deckert; a son, G. Edward Cranor of Bel Air; a daughter, Barbara J. Sisler of Miami; a stepdaughter, Charlotte D. Cantrell of Nashville, Tenn.; and seven grandchildren.

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Longtime Hopkins dean

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