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December 30, 1992

Bernard G. Bacinski

USF&G executive

Bernard Gregory Bacinski, a retired assistant secretary for the United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co., died Saturday of a heart attack at his home in Cockeysville.

Mr. Bacinski, who was 63, was born and reared in Baltimore. He graduated from Patterson High School in 1947 and began working for USF&G. He earned a law degree in 1952 from the University of Baltimore and was admitted to the Maryland Bar Association the next year.

He joined the National Guard in 1948 and served for six years.

He received his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) designation in June 1969 and was an active member of the Baltimore Chapter of the executive insurance association.

Mr. Bacinski became the manager of USF&G's Fire and Marine Claim Division in October 1973. He was named assistant secretary in May of 1974 and held that post until he retired last year.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in the Texas area of Baltimore County.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Elaine Paska of Cockeysville; two daughters, Paula Hannam of Laurel and Mary Beth Gattuso of Edgerton, Wis.; two sons, B. Gregory Bacinski Jr. of Reisterstown and John Bacinski of Hampstead; and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Autism Society of America Inc., 8601 Georgia Ave., Suite 503, Silver Spring 20910.

John R. Macauley

Musical director

John Robert Macauley, a musical director active in local gay and lesbian bands, died Dec. 23 of complications from AIDS.

Mr. Macauley, 43, owned and managed the Old Oak Tavern on South Montford Avenue in East Baltimore.

"John loved music," said Michael J. Masi, his business partner and longtime companion. "When you sat down and listened to a piece of music with him, he would analyze it right in front of you. He knew what was coming next before you got to hear it.

"He liked all kinds of music, but classical the most. His idol was Beethoven."

Mr. Macauley played the euphonium, a brass instrument similar yet somewhat smaller than a baritone tuba. He also played the trombone and conducted such bands as Baltimore's Star Spangled Band, which marched in the 1990 Preakness Parade and last year's Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade.

From 1987 through 1990, he was president of Lesbian and Gay Bands of America.

Born in Hershey, Pa., Mr. Macauley attended a private Catholic high school there. In 1972, he earned a bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from the Catholic University of America in Washington. In 1977, he received a master's degree in music from the same school.

In 1989, he moved to Baltimore when he and Mr. Masi bought the Old Oak Tavern, at the corner of Montford and Foster avenues in Canton.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Macauley was offered yesterday at St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church in Hershey.

In addition to Mr. Masi, he is survived by two nieces, Theresa Sikorsky Ridge and Deborah Sikorsky, both of Hershey, and a nephew, Thomas Sikorsky, also of Hershey. His parents, John and Patrona Macauley, are deceased.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lesbian and Gay Bands America, P.O. Box 50799, Washington, D.C. 20037.

Nachman Davidson

Johns Hopkins instructor

Dr. Nachman Davidson, an allergist, adjunct instructor at the Johns Hopkins Medical School and Navy veteran of World War II, died Dec. 17 at Keswick of Alzheimer's disease. He was 82.

Born in Baltimore, he was the seventh of 10 children of Isaac W. and Emma G. Davidson and the only one of eight brothers not to work full time in the family business, the Davidson Transfer and Storage Co. The company operated out of Baltimore and other Middle Atlantic states for 80 years.

Dr. Davidson graduated from Baltimore City College in 1927, Lehigh University in 1931, and the University of Maryland Medical School in 1936.

He entered the Navy in 1942 and spent three years at sea during the war, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander.

After a two-year internship, he studied allergies at Johns Hopkins under a fellowship.

His interest in psychosomatic causes led him to specialize in allergies, in which emotions may play a role.

He was an adjunct instructor at the Hopkins medical school from 1939 until his retirement in 1986.

His work with outpatient clinics at Johns Hopkins, Sinai and Lutheran hospitals was in addition to his private practice.

For many years he participated in a seminar on psychosomatic )) factors led by the late Dr. Jerome Hartz.

Dr. Davidson was proud of his work with the Guidance Service, a pioneering community mental health project operated with the Parent Teacher Association of Public School No. 234 in the Arlington section of Baltimore in the early 1950s.

President of the Maryland Allergy Society in 1981, he was a member of the American Academy of Allergy, the American Psychosomatic Society, the Medical Research Club of Baltimore, the Baltimore City Medical Society and the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland.

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