John RocchiRetired contractorJohn Rocchi, a retired...


April 08, 1993

John Rocchi

Retired contractor

John Rocchi, a retired contractor, died Monday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center after a stroke. He was 97 and lived on Pot Spring Road in Timonium.

He retired in 1961 as a partner in the Rocchi Construction Corp., which he and two sons-in-law started in 1946. He also had worked for the Lacchi Construction Co. and at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant.

Born in Pitigliano, Italy, he came to Baltimore in 1914.

Graveside services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium.

Mr. Rocchi's survivors include his wife of 71 years, the former Tonina Giannerini; a daughter, Velma Peri of Timonium; a sister, Mary Ossi of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

James J. Dugan Jr.

Computer specialist

Graveside services for James J. Dugan Jr., a computer marketing specialist in New England for Bull Worldwide Information Systems and a predecessor, Honeywell, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Churchville.

Mr. Dugan, who was 50, died March 14 of cancer at his home in Amherst, N.H.

He is survived by three sisters, Jane Love of Towson, Martha Hopkins of Darlington and Susanne Thale of Emden, Germany; and many nieces and nephews.

L. Wesley Dorr

Social Security official

L. Wesley Dorr, a retired Social Security Administration official, died Friday after a stroke at his home in a Wernersville, Pa., retirement community. He was 88.

He retired in 1972 as regional director of the Social Security Administration's Division of Disability Operations in Chicago. He began his career with the agency in the late 1930s in Baltimore.

He returned to Baltimore from 1957 until 1968 after serving in district offices in Detroit and New England. In 1940, while stationed in Vermont, he presented the first benefits check to the first Social Security recipient.

Long interested in acting and directing, he served on the boards of the Rutland Playhouse in Vermont and of the Lawton, Okla., Playhouse in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Born in Woburn, Mass., he was a 1931 graduate of Colgate University.

His first marriage, to the former Mary Hock, ended in divorce. His second wife, the former Ida Lee Warner, died in 1976.

Services were to be conducted at noon today at the Bean Funeral Home in Sinking Spring, Pa.

Survivors include a daughter, Judith C. Gasser of Sylmar, Calif.; three sons, Lawrence W. Dorr of Timonium, Roger W. Dorr of Carney and James F. Dorr of Parkville; and nine grandchildren.

Louis Wilner

Retired business owner

Louis Wilner, retired president and board chairman of Willow Enterprises in Glen Burnie, died Monday of cancer at the Manor Care Ruxton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 77 and lived on Wild Cherry Road in Randallstown.

Mr. Wilner retired two years ago from the business he started in 1968. The company sold coin-operated amusement equipment such as pinball machines.

He was a consultant to the company during retirement.

A native of New York City who was reared there and in London, Ontario, he was a graduate of the City College of New York. He came to this area during World War II, while serving as an officer in the Army's Quartermaster Corps at Fort Meade.

In 1950, he graduated with great honors from the University of Baltimore law school.

Before starting his own business, he had worked as a salesman for other game machine dealers.

He was a former member of the board of Temple Emanuel. He was also a master's point-winning contract bridge player.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lee Jacobs; a son, Larry Wilner of Owings Mills; a daughter, Suzanne Grumbacher of Wilmington, Del.; a sister, Esther Wilner of New York City; a brother, Joseph Wilner of Randallstown; and six grandchildren.

Vernon 'Skip' McCain

College football coach

Vernon E. "Skip" McCain, who coached football at what is now the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, died Monday after a heart attack at his home in Fort Washington. He was 84.

He joined what was then Maryland State College in 1948. He retired as football coach and athletic director in 1963 but continued to teach at the school in Princess Anne, retiring as assistant professor of mathematics in 1976.

His coaching record at UMES was 102-21-5. His teams rang up 31 consecutive victories from 1948 through 1951. In 1955, after another unbeaten and untied season, he was named by fellow football coaches as the Outstanding Negro College Coach in the United States. In 1951, the Pigskin Club of Washington named him Coach of the Year.

He coached several players who later became members of the professional Football Hall of Fame, including Art Shell, now the coach of the Los Angeles Raiders in the National Football League.

A native of Oklahoma, he was a graduate of Langston University in that state and earned a master's degree at Tennessee State University.

Services for Mr. McCain were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center on the UMES campus.

His survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mae Etta McCain; his daughter, Vernetta M. Bryant of Fort Washington; and two grandchildren.

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