James McDaniel Sr.Former tax assessorJames Edward McDaniel...


January 04, 1993

James McDaniel Sr.

Former tax assessor

James Edward McDaniel Sr., a former supervisor of tax assessments for Talbot County, died of Alzheimer's disease Thursday at his farm in Easton. He was 66.

Services for Mr. McDaniel, a lifelong resident of Easton and a member of the Old Wye Church there, will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Newman Funeral Home, 200 S. Harrison St., Easton.

After graduating from Easton High School in 1943, Mr. McDaniel joined the United States Marine Corps, serving until 1946. He attended the University of Maryland until he was recalled by the Marines in 1950 during the Korean War.

In 1952 he returned to Easton, where he worked as a lumber salesman, a bookkeeper, and an estimator in the construction and real estate fields. In 1961 he joined the Talbot County Department of Assessments and Taxation, where he rose to the position of supervisor.

Mr. McDaniel was a Mason and belonged to the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Jacquelyn B. Marshall; three daughters, Louise B. McDaniel of Easton, Florence M. Adams of Trappe and Jacquelyn M. West of Virginia Beach, Va.; a son, James E. McDaniel Jr. of Kennett Square, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Talbot Hospice Foundation, 100 S. Hanson St., Easton, Md. 21601.

Fred F. Gennerella

Social studies teacher

Fred F. Gennerella, a longtime Baltimore County social studies teacher, died of cancer Dec. 20 at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 59.

Mr. Gennerella, who lived in Parkville, was born and raised in Pottsville, Pa.

Mr. Gennerella attended Chesire Preparatory School in Connecticut before spending two years as a military medic in Germany from 1953 to 1955. He received his bachelor's degree from Bloomsburg State Teachers College in Pennsylvania, and a master's in education from Towson State University.

His teaching career began in Essex 33 years ago at Stemmers Run Middle School. After 18 years there, he taught social studies at Deep Creek Middle School for several years and for the last 13 years taught in Chesapeake High School's cooperative education program.

"Teaching was his life," said Alexsandria Minder Gennerella, his wife of 32 years. "He was preparing a lesson plan the night he died."

He was a member of the American Legion and Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore, where a Mass was offered Dec. 23.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Gennerella is survived by two sons, Deano Gennerella and Perry Gennerella, both of Baltimore County.

A scholarship has been established in his name at Baltimore County's Chesapeake High School, 1801 Turkey Point Road, Baltimore 21221.

William D. Barnett

Former GM employee

William D. Barnett, who worked at General Motors' Broening Highway assembly plant for 22 years, died Jan. 1 of cancer at his son's home in Phoenix, Baltimore County. He was 78.

Mr. Barnett, a native of Easton, served in the Navy from 1932 to 1936 as an enlisted man in the Pacific Fleet and was stationed at Pearl Harbor.

After he left the service, Mr. Barnett worked for 14 years at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point shipyard as a master electrician.

He worked at Maryland Shipbuilding and Dry Dock before joining General Motors' Fisher Body Division in 1954. He formerly lived in the Idlewood section of Baltimore and most recently made his home in Smithsburg.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Irene Ferguson; two sons, Roger W. Barnett of Annandale, Va., and Mark L. Barnett of Phoenix; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Funeral Home, 12522 Bradbury Ave., Smithsburg.

The family suggested memorial donations to the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, Parkville 21234.

Robert M. Calder

United Fruit executive

Robert M. Calder, a retired United Fruit Co. executive and former president of the Port of Baltimore chapter of the Propeller Club of the United States, died Dec. 29 of a heart attack at his home in Londonderry, N.H., where he had lived since 1984. He was 68.

Mr. Calder was president of the Port of Boston Propeller Club from 1973 to 1975, and first vice president of the Port of New Orleans chapter in 1969. From 1964 to 1965, he was president of the Port of Baltimore chapter.

A native of Melrose, Mass., Mr. Calder graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy in 1943. During World War II, he served in the Merchant Marine.

Employed by the United Fruit Company for 26 years, he was supervisor of steamship and terminal operations in Baltimore from 1954 to 1958 and manager of the Baltimore Division from 1958 to 1965.

Mr. Calder is survived by a daughter, Anne C. Barrett of Pelham, N.H.; a son, Robert M. Calder of North Andover, Mass.; and a sister, Sally C. Hunley of Matthews, Va.

Services were scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Londonderry Presbyterian Church.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Maine Maritime Academy Scholarship Fund, Castine, Maine 04421.

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