William H. Neal Jr., trainer of paramedics

January 03, 1993

William H. Neal Jr., founder and director of Essex Community College's paramedic training program, died Friday of cancer at his Elkridge home. He was 40.

Mr. Neal had taught at Essex Community College as an assistant professor since 1983. In May, he was recognized by the Maryland Emergency Medical Systems and the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute for distinguished service.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Neal was educated in the Catholic school system and graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School in 1970. He earned a bachelor's of science degree in animal science from the University of Maryland at College Park and then a second degree in microbiology there.

After doing graduate work at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, he taught in emergency medical system programs there. Upon his return to Maryland in 1978, he served as volunteer ambulance captain and member of the board of

directors of the Ellicott City Fire Department.

Mr. Neal worked on the development of the statewide emergency medical system that was created by the late R Adams Cowley, founder and first director of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services and the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University of Maryland Hospital.

While affiliated with the statewide emergency medical system, Mr. Neal became chief of testing and certification for all Maryland ambulance emergency medical technicians. His efforts led to the formation of the statewide paramedic education committee that advises and teaches paramedics in Maryland.

In 1983, Mr. Neal left state service to help develop the paramedic training program of Essex Community College.

He also served a term as statewide chairman of the Paramedic Educators Committee, and served on a regional education and certification committee of the Emergency Medical Systems Advisory Council.

Mr. Neal was a member of the St. Agnes Council of the Knights of Columbus, and was active in the Boy Scouts of America. He helped establish Troop 794, which is based in Ellicott City, and was an assistant cubmaster in Pack 692, based in Elkridge.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, the former Susan Andrus of Elkridge; a daughter, Meghan Neal; two sons, William A. Neal and James E. Neal; his father, William H. Neal Sr. of Ellicott City; his mother, Dorothy B. Neal of Ellicott City; two sisters, Michele K. Bensky of Pikesville, and Ann Marie Neal, of Ellicott City; two brothers, Barry S. Neal of Columbia, and David A. Neal, of Pasadena.

A Mass of Christian Burial is to be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 4801 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be directed to the Boy Scouts of America, Baltimore Area Council, 701 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21211; and the Hospice Service of Howard County, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia, Md. 21045.

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