Roger V. LaynorFormer state officialRoger V. Laynor, a...


September 25, 1993

Roger V. Laynor

Former state official

Roger V. Laynor, a former member of the House of Delegates who had headed the Alcoholic Beverage Division of the state comptroller's office and the Howard County Metropolitan Commission, died Wednesday of pneumonia at the Charlestown Care Center in Catonsville. He was 93.

Mr. Laynor lived in Elkridge for many years before moving to Ellicott City in 1962. He moved to the Charlestown Retirement Community in 1990.

He retired from the comptroller's office in 1970, having headed his division since 1936.

In 1945, he became a member of the new Metropolitan Commission established to oversee the Howard County water and sewer systems. He was its chairman from 1960 to 1967.

The Elkridge native was a 1917 graduate of Baltimore City College. He operated a hardware and general store in Elkridge in the 1920s.

He was a Democratic member of the House of Delegates from Howard County before joining the comptroller's office.

He had been corresponding secretary of the Elkridge Country Club, a founder and board president of the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Howard County Democratic State Central Committee.

The former master of the Howard Lodge of the Masons had been grand inspector for the Grand Lodge of Maryland.

He had been on the vestry of Grace Episcopal Church in Elkridge and later was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia.

A memorial service was to be held at 9:30 a.m. today at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in the Charlestown Retirement Community, 711 Maiden Choice Lane.

Mr. Laynor's first wife, the former Catherine Rigg, died in 1966.

He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Schreiner; a daughter, Roberta Reid of Williamsburg, Va.; two stepsons, John Colhoun of Harwood and William Bramer of Columbia; two sisters, Helen Robinson of Greensboro, N.C., and Grace Laynor of Seaford, Del.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Barbara Ann Craft

Parkville resident

Barbara Ann Craft, who had lived in the Baltimore area since 1970, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at her home on Superior Avenue in Parkville. She was 52.

The former Barbara Ann Studer was a native of Jersey City, N.J. She moved to Baltimore with her husband, Gary J. Craft Sr., a supervisor in the composing room of The Baltimore Sun.

Mrs. Craft was a member of the Women of the Moose.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 8:30 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road in Fullerton.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include two daughters, Lisa Ann White of Baltimore and Cathleen Frances Craft of Parkville; three sons, Scott Allan Craft of Parkville and Keith Gabriel Craft and Gary J. Craft Jr., both of Ocala, Fla.; and four grandchildren.


J. Ashley Straw

Expert on woodcock

J. Ashley Straw, an expert on the woodcock in the Office of Migratory Bird Management of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in Laurel, died Wednesday of cancer at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 34.

He had worked for about three years on a management plan for the woodcock, a migratory game bird. Mr. Straw lived in Bel Air.

Earlier, he worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as a district wildlife biologist in Salisbury and as a regional wildlife biologist in Bel Air, where he was active in the Upland Habitat Restoration Project.

Born in Gainesville, Fla., he grew up in Maryland. He was a graduate of the Wheaton High School and attended George Washington University before earning a degree in wildlife biology at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

He earned a master's degree at Pennsylvania State University, where he did research on the habitat of the woodcock.

He had been an a active member and an adult leader of religious youth groups. He started a youth ministry at the detention center Blacksburg, Va., while a college student there. He was a leader of Campus Life in Easton and was active in Young Life and in a youth group at St. Luke's Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Secretary.

He and his wife were active in the youth ministry of the New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, where services for Mr. Straw were to be held at 9:30 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife, the former Joan Campbell; two daughters, Rebecca Avey Straw and Virginia Grace Straw, both of Bel Air; a son, Ashley Christian Straw of Bel Air; his parents, Grace and Dr. James A. Straw, both of Wheaton; and a sister, Sharon Straw Thomas of Fairfax, Va.

Monroe B. Walker

Building contractor

Monroe B. Walker, who had been a building contractor, semiprofessional boxer and streetcar motorman, died Wednesday of heart failure at the age of 78 at his home in Columbia.

Mr. Walker moved from Edgewater to Columbia in 1985 after retiring from the remodeling and contracting business he had operated in Anne Arundel County since 1969.

In the 1950s and 1960s, he lived in McLean, Va., where he owned a homebuilding business.

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