Harold W. SmithSun printer, athleteHarold W. Smith, a...


August 21, 1993

Harold W. Smith

Sun printer, athlete

Harold W. Smith, a retired printer for The Sun and an athlete and track coach who was inducted into two Canadian halls of fame, died Wednesday of emphysema at his home in Catonsville.

Mr. Smith, who was 86, retired in 1972 as a makeup man after working for The Sun since he moved to the Baltimore area in 1947. He had earlier worked as a printer in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

He had been named to halls of fame in Nova Scotia and Pictou County along with the members of the 1937 New Glasgow High School track team that he had coached.

He had coached teams that won Nova Scotia's provincial championship from 1936 to 1939, but the 1937 team also won the Canadian junior track and field championship in Calgary, Alberta.

After moving to the Baltimore area, he was a volunteer coach for track team members at Catonsville Community College and the Naval Academy.

The native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was a runner himself. He ran a mile in 4:16, though his specialty was the half-mile. He also participated in other sports, including skating, hockey, curling and motorcycle racing on land and, with spiked tires, on ice. He won more than 150 trophies.

He was a motorcycle policeman in Nova Scotia and did trick riding -- through sheets of glass or flaming hoops and jumping over barrels.

In 1942, he was chief judge of field events in a provincial tournament at which Babe Ruth was an honorary judge.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, St. Agnes Lane and Baltimore National Pike.

He is survived by his wife, the former Helen K. Cardiff; a son, Louis A. Smith of Phoenix; a sister, Rhoda Weir of Edmonton, Alberta; and three grandchildren.

Robert L. Myers

Hospital administrator

Robert L. Myers, retired emergency room administrator at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, died at the hospital Wednesday of complications from surgery for an aneurysm.

Mr. Myers, who was 72 and lived on Alden Road in Parkville, retired in 1984 after 38 years at Hopkins Hospital, much of the time as emergency room administrator.

Born in Baltimore, he attended George Washington University in Washington and served in the Army during World War II as a surgical technician in North Africa and Italy.

He was a member of the church council at Jerusalem Lutheran Church.

A memorial service was to be held at 11 a.m. today at the church at 4605 Belair Road in Baltimore.

Mr. Myers is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Eunice R. Hormes; a son, Robert D. Myers of Little Rock, Ark.; two daughters, Carole Stover of Alexandria, Va., and Joyce Phelps of Baldwin; a sister, Marie Slaysman of Woodlawn; and three grandchildren.

William G. Burggraf

Editor of manuals

William G. Burggraf, a retired manual editor for the Black & Decker Manufacturing Co., died July 31 at St. Joseph Hospital of complications of a stroke.

Mr. Burggraf, who was 76, retired in 1968 as editor of all of the owners' manuals put out by Black & Decker. He started to work in the company's advertising department in 1945.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1934 graduate of City College. He was a pilot in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

Mr. Burggraf is survived by his wife, the former Laura Fowler; a son, William H. Burggraf, of Joppatowne; two stepsons, Michael Johnson, of Nashua, N.H., and Christopher Yavelow, of Los Angeles; a sister, Kathryn Shearman, of Towson, and a granddaughter.

Services for Mr. Burggraf were private.

Rev. R. M. Hunsicker

Lutheran pastor

The Rev. R. Michael Hunsicker Sr., pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Dundalk, died of heart failure Wednesday at Franklin Square Hospital.

Mr. Hunsicker, who was 42, lived in Perry Hall with his wife of 15 years, the former Karen Keefer.

The Lebanon, Pa., native moved to Aberdeen with his parents as a youth. After graduating from Aberdeen High School in 1969, he attended Wartburg Theological Seminary in Iowa and received a degree in 1978.

He was pastor of several Lutheran congregations before he was assigned to Good Shepherd in 1990.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 Mount Royal Ave. in Aberdeen.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline R. Hunsicker, and a son, Robert M. Hunsicker Jr., both of Perry Hall; his parents, Robert G. and Rose M. Hunsicker of Aberdeen; three brothers, Edwin Hunsicker of Baltimore, Scott Hunsicker and Dr. Daniel Hunsicker, both of Catonsville; and a sister, Susan Curry of Aberdeen.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 5E Gwynns Mill Court, Owings Mills 21117, or to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 3103 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk 21222.

Thomas Stewart Jr.

Retired firefighter

Thomas C. Stewart Jr., a retired Baltimore City firefighter who was active in fraternal organizations, died Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital of complications of pneumonia.

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