Brian McCoyArundel Corp. geologistBrian McCoy, a geologist...


June 04, 1993

Brian McCoy

Arundel Corp. geologist

Brian McCoy, a geologist for the Arundel Corp., died Sunday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center of complications to a stroke. He was 53 and lived on West Elm Avenue in Overlea.

He had worked for Arundel for about 30 years. His work in preventing environmental damage at the company's quarries and plants won him a citation from then-Gov. Harry R. Hughes.

He was a volunteer at Camp Glyndon for diabetic children and more recently for the Maryland Diabetes Association.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Calvert Hall College and earned an associate's degree in geology in evening studies at the Johns Hopkins University.

He served in the Air National Guard in the late 1950s.

Services were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road in Baltimore.

Mr. McCoy is survived by his wife, the former Sheila A. Donald; two sons, Bruce C. and Kevin B. McCoy of Baltimore; a daughter, Stacey L. McCoy of Baltimore; three brothers, Dennis McCoy of Pasadena, Wayne McCoy of Nebraska and Tim McCoy of Cumberland; a sister, Pam Otto of Columbia; and three grandchildren.

Floyd A. Blankenship

Towson professor

Dr. Floyd A. Blankenship, associate professor emeritus of chemistry at Towson State University who wrote romance novels, died Tuesday of cancer at the Stella Maris Hospice.

He was 62 and lived on Hillen Road in Towson.

Dr. Blankenship, who retired in 1991, joined the Towson State faculty in 1967.

For about five years before that, he had worked as a chemist for the Rohm and Haas Co. in Philadelphia.

Born in Atlanta, he was a graduate of the University of Georgia and earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois.

He served in the Army during the Korean War.

Dr. Blankenship began writing romance novels after his retirement and was a member of the Maryland Romance Writers Association.

Services for Dr. Blankenship were to be conducted at 1 p.m. today at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road in Towson.

He is survived by his wife, the former Myra Anderson; two daughters, Francenia C. Andrews of New Freedom, Pa., and Eve L. Greco of Towson; a son, Floyd A. Blankenship III of Cockeysville; a sister, Jane Blankenship of Atlanta; and two grandchildren.

Thomas A. Coster

CSX pipefitter

Thomas A. Coster, a retired pipefitter for CSX Transportation, died Tuesday of cancer at his home on Seven Oaks Road in Arbutus. He was 68.

When he retired in 1987, he had been with the carrier for 42 years, most of it with the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. While a youth, he had worked briefly as an apprentice printer at The Sun.

The Baltimore native was a merchant seaman during World War II.

He was a member of the Dewey Lowman Post of the American Legion and was active with Project Liberty Ship, which restored the SS John W. Brown.

He was also fond of traveling and camping with a travel trailer.

Services were to be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today at the Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave. near the southwestern city line.

Mr. Coster is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Dorothy Hobbs; a daughter, Sharon L. Schad of Arbutus; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.

Stephen H. Blake

Luxury car maker

Stephen H. Blake, a native of Baltimore who had owned a company that made luxury automobiles, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in McLean, Va. He was 49.

From 1982 until 1987, he owned the Avanti Motor Corp. of South Bend, Ind. From 1987 until 1991, he operated an exotic used car business that dealt in Rolls-Royces and other luxury cars in Arlington, Va.

From 1977 until 1982, he had lived in Claremont, N.H., where he operated a Ford dealership and a used car lot for luxury auto- mobiles.

Still earlier, from 1969 until 1977, he had been a commercial real estate developer in the Washington area.

In 1966, he began working as a laborer and then a management trainee for Baltimore Contractors, leaving in 1968 to work for a year as a commercial real estate agent in Washington.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College and the University of Maryland. He served in the Marine Corps in the mid-1960s.

Services for Mr. Blake were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Danzansky-Goldberg Memorial Chapels in Rockville. A memorial service and interment will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Cemetery, 318 Berryman's Lane in Reisterstown.

He is survived by a sister, Sandy Pelton of Reisterstown; a nephew, Michael Pelton of Reisterstown; and a niece, Lisa Pelton of Pikesville.

Charles C. Drain

Beer distributor

Charles C. Drain, retired president of a beer distributorship, died Wednesday of cancer at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury.

He was 59 and had moved from Pasadena to Ocean City in September. He also had a home in Hillsboro Beach, Fla.

He retired five years ago as president of D.M. Distributing Co., which distributed several national brands of beer in Anne Arundel County and other areas of the state.

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