Alexander J. KellarElectronics technicianAlexander Joseph...


August 29, 1993

Alexander J. Kellar

Electronics technician

Alexander Joseph Kellar, a retired electronics technician and former semipro baseball player who lived in Overlea, died Thursday at Good Samaritan Hospital after complications from a stroke. He was 73.

Mr. Kellar grew up in Nanticoke, Pa., the son of a coal miner. After high school, Mr. Kellar as a catcher with the Wilkes-Barre Barons, then a farm team for the Cleveland Indians.

He went on to play ball in the Carolina League.

Mr. Kellar's baseball career was interrupted by a three-year Army stint in the Pacific during World War II. Afterward, he moved to Maryland in the late 1940s and began work at the Glenn L. Martin Co., which later became Martin Marietta. Mr. Kellar pursued his lifelong love of baseball with the Martin Bombers, a semipro team fielded by the company, from 1949 to 1959.

After his playing days ended, Mr. Kellar went on to serve as an umpire and manager with Little League baseball teams for the Overlea-Fullerton Recreation Council.

Mr. Kellar was a trouble-shooter with Martin Marietta. His daughter, Mary Ann Bradshaw, recalled how people called at home during dinner asking him to solve computer problems. Mr. Kellar played a similar role in his neighborhood in Overlea, fixing neighbors' lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners and televisions.

"If anything mechanical broke down in the neighborhood, he could fix it," Mrs. Bradshaw said.

He retired from Martin Marietta in 1985 after 35 years. Mr. Kellar spent much of the rest of his life taking short trips to places like Cape Cod and Florida with his wife, JoAnn, and spending time with his nine grandchildren.

"If there was piano recital or a baseball game, it didn't matter, he was there," Mrs. Bradshaw recalled.

A service will be held tomorrow at St. Michael's Church in Overlea. Burial will be at the Gardens of Faith Cemetery.

In addition to his wife, daughter and grandchildren, Mr. Kellar is also survived by two sons, Ray Kellar of Bel Air and Kevin Kellar of Glyndon; and a second daughter, Karen Macleod of Manchester.

Margaret V. Harris

Charity volunteer

Margaret Virginia Harris, who devoted many years of service toward the treatment and cure of cancer, died of the disease Friday at the home of her son in Annapolis. She was 82.

The former Margaret Roberts was born in Clara, Wicomico County, and graduated from Stuart Hall and Arlington Hall schools in Virginia.

At age 60, she joined Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. in Annapolis, where she lived. She left BG&E in 1976.

She was a national committeewoman for the American Cancer Society from 1945 to 1952. She also worked for the Discovery Shop in Severna Park, a thrift store that benefits the society.

Her other charitable work included serving as a Pink Lady for Anne Arundel Medical Center and as chairwoman of several Christmas bazaars at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis, where she had been a member since 1952.

She was also a former member of the Tidewater Garden Club.

L Her husband of 58 years, Robert C. Harris Jr., died in 1990.

A memorial service is to be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anne's on Duke of Gloucester Street.

She is survived by four sons, Henry Roberts Harris of Salt Lake City, Robert Clayton Harris III of Suffield, Conn., James Alexander Harris of Clearwater, Fla., and John Philip Harris of Annapolis; a sister, Ellen Evans of Salisbury; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Anne Arundel Medical Center at Franklin and Cathedral streets, Annapolis, Md. 21401.

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