Wesley H. GrahnRetired exterminatorWesley H. Grahn, a...


February 18, 1993

Wesley H. Grahn

Retired exterminator

Wesley H. Grahn, a retired supervisor for a pest control firm in Baltimore, died Tuesday of heart disease at a hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

He was 90 and had moved from Baltimore to Martinsburg about 10 years ago.

He retired in 1977 from the Home Exterminating Co., now the Home Paramount Pest Control Cos. He had earlier worked for the Pied Piper Pest Control Co. and, after coming to Baltimore in 1940, he managed the Baltimore and Washington offices of the Meyer Pest Control Co.

Before moving to Baltimore, he worked in Doylestown, Pa., doing research on a scentless marigold and a super double nasturtium for the W. Atlee Burpee Co.

Born and reared in the Philadelphia area, he studied horticulture at Kent State University in Ohio.

In the 1940s, he helped to start the Washington and Maryland pest control associations and served several terms as president of the Maryland group.

He and his first wife, the former Agnes McGrail, who died in 1966, helped backstage with productions of the Vagabond Players.

He remained interested in horticulture over the years, maintaining a vegetable and flower garden and raising raspberries.

Services for Mr. Grahn were to be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today at the Independent Bible Church in Martinsburg.

He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Foltz; a son, W. Thomas Grahn of Baltimore; a daughter, Molly A. Queralt of Dallas; a sister, Sarah Hilson of Hatfield, Pa.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

John J. Hart

Retired school liaison

John J. Hart, who retired as the Baltimore County school system's liaison to Juvenile Court, died Monday of heart failure at Good Samaritan Hospital.

He was 73 and lived in Towson.

He retired in 1983 after 34 years in the school system, starting as a teacher.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of City College and Towson State University. He earned a master's degree at the University of Maryland and did other graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University and Loyola College.

He was an All American Soccer player at Towson State and was inducted into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Hall of Fame of the Old Timers Soccer Association of Maryland in 1991.

In 1983, Towson gave him its Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also served on the board of the university's alumni association.

During World War II, he served in the Army, and he later rose to lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. He was a life member of the Reserve Officers Association and former president of both the Baltimore and Maryland units. He was also a member of the Officers and Faculty Club at the Naval Academy.

A former president of the Civitan Club of Baltimore, he was vice president of the Tommy McNulty Foundation to Aid the Mentally Retarded, and was an usher at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

The member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick was a tenor and a lover of Irish music who sang with the Amhrani Na Gaeilge.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Hart is to be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Mary Kathleen Smith; a son, the Rev. J. Joseph Hart Jr. of Towson; a daughter, Mary Kay Jeworski of Los Altos Hills, Calif; a sister, Nancy Hart Bradley of Perry Hall; and a grandson.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Tommy McNulty Foundation to Aid the Mentally Retarded in care of Douglas Potter, 401 Washington Ave., Towson 21204.

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