Calvin N. CarterMedical technicianCalvin Nathaniel Carter...


April 05, 1993

Calvin N. Carter

Medical technician

Calvin Nathaniel Carter, a retired medical technician for Mercy Medical Center, died Wednesday of cancer at his West Baltimore home. He was 69.

Before he retired in 1988, Mr. Carter worked for 20 years as a medical technician for the downtown Baltimore hospital, first in the emergency room and later in the operating room, which he prepared for surgery.

Mr. Carter was educated in the Baltimore public school system.

During World War II, the Baltimore native was an enlisted man in the European Theater in the Army's medical branch.

Services were scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at the Charity Community Church of God, 3208 Frederick Ave., where Mr. Carter had been a member for the last 10 years.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, the former Lucretia Gray; a daughter, Marsha D. Flood of Suffolk, Va.; two sons, Keith N. Carter and Rodney B. Gray, both of Baltimore; and two grandchildren. John H. Carter Sr., a retired city public works employee and veterans organization founder, died Thursday of heart failure at his home in West Baltimore. He was 68.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Carter was educated in the city public schools and entered the Army at age 17.

He was a truck driver for "Red Ball Express" convoys that relayed rations, supplies and ammunition between northern and southern France during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart and several decorations for bravery.

Mr. Carter remained in the military for 12 years, including service in the Korean War before receiving his honorable discharge holding the rank of sergeant.

He worked for eight years as an aircraft mechanic with what was then the Glenn L. Martin Co., and about three years for Owen's Boat Co. on Whitelock Street before taking a job as a city public works maintenance engineer. He retired in 1975.

In the 1960s, Mr. Carter established the Cadet Organization, a black junior military group for ages 5 to 21. He led the organization for 15 years and, at its peak, had 500 members who participated in marches and parades in Baltimore.

Mr. Carter also founded the Dorie Miller American Legion Post No. 5367 in 1966, and helped found the Thompson Miller VFW Post No. 9527, where he was commander.

In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing with his friends, sons and grandsons, and earned the nickname "Mr. Fisherman." He owned several boats that he took to Annapolis, Tilghman's Island and the Conowingo Dam area.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church, 1206 Etting St.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Helen Hughes; two daughters, Lorraine Spencer and Amelia Mitchell; and two sons, John H. Carter Jr. and Calvin Carter, all of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. H. Marie King Ward, a retired executive secretary, died Thursday of lung cancer at her home in Centreville. She was 73.

A Baltimore native, Mrs. Ward graduated from Eastern High School in the mid-1930s. She took college courses in mental health, nursing, art, history and literature.

After high school, she went to work for Alex. Brown & Sons in the 1930s. Although she was never recognized as a stockbroker, she put together investment portfolios and did much the same work as her male superiors, said her daughter, Melissa Ward-Quinn.

During World War II, she was executive secretary to the president of Bendix Radio, a defense contractor.

In 1948, she married Dr. Charles S. Ward Sr., a psychiatrist, surgeon and chief of staff at Rosewood and Spring Grove Hospitals, and later superintendent of Crownsville State Hospital.

After the death of her husband in 1967, she went back to work as executive secretary to the faculty in Van Meter Hall at Goucher College. She retired in 1981.

Mrs. Ward enjoyed gardening, cooking and reading. In 1989, she moved from Towson to Centreville to be close to her daughter.

Besides her daughter, she is survived by her son-in-law, Jeffery Quinn of Centreville.

Graveside services were to be held at 1 p.m. today at Moreland Memorial Park, Taylor Avenue and Dalesford Road, Hillendale.

The family suggests contributions to Kent County Home and Hospice, 125 Lynchburg St., Chestertown, Md. 21620, or Queen Anne's County Hospice Volunteers Inc., P.O. Box 179, Centreville, Md. 21617.

Alfred C. Watson

Command sergeant major

Alfred C. Watson, a retired U.S. Army command sergeant major, died Wednesday at Kimbrough Army Community Hospital at Fort Meade after a long battle with diabetes. He was 76.

Sergeant Watson retired in 1968 after serving more than 30 years with the U.S. Army, including active duty in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

A resident of Odenton since 1957, he retired in 1981 after working for the Anne Arundel County Police Department for 10 years.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the Odenton chapter of the Disabled American Veterans.

An avid bowler, he won an amateur tournament in Odenton at the age of 75. He enjoyed gardening and used to coach sports. He was post youth director of the Youth Association of Fort Meade.

Services for Sergeant Watson were to be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Hardesty Funeral Home, 851 Annapolis Road, Gambrills.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Eleanor McClellan; two daughters, Dorothy Strootman of Glen Burnie and Roberta Blackburn of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, Stanley W. Watson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two sisters, Margaret McCrory and Roberta Watson, both in New Jersey; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggests contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 2 Reservoir Circle, Baltimore 21208.

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