James S. AndersonRetired customs inspectorJames Spencer...


October 17, 1993

James S. Anderson

Retired customs inspector

James Spencer Anderson, a retired U.S. customs inspector, died Oct. 9 of pneumonia at Hanover General Hospital in Hanover, Pa. He was 86.

The New York City native and former Baltimore resident retired in 1967 after more than two decades as a U.S. Treasury Department customs inspector.

Mr. Anderson was a chief petty officer in the Navy in World War II and participated in the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach.

When the war ended, he returned to his job as a customs inspector, living in Baltimore until the mid-1960s when he and his wife moved to Shannondale near Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

"He loved to fish and hunt," said Thelma B. Anderson, his wife of 54 years. "He loved the mountains."

Mr. Anderson participated in the Central Pennsylvania Chief of Police Association, and was a lifetime member of the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Inc. and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 1797.

He was a retired member of the U.S. Customs Inspectors Association, and a member of the Liberty Lodge 219 of Masonic Order and the American Association of Retired Persons.

Memorial services were scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Lohr's Methodist Church, 200 E. Middle St., Hanover.

Besides his wife, Mr. Anderson is survived by his three sons: Spencer Anderson of Florida, Kenneth Anderson of Clifton, Pa., and Roger Anderson of Brodbecks, Pa.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Lohr's Methodist Church or Homewood at Plum Creek, 425 Westminster Ave., Hanover, Pa. 17331.

Harry C. Short III

Langston Staley machinist

Harry "Hank" C. Short III, a former plumber who joined Langston Staley Corp. in Hunt Valley last year, died of lung cancer Wednesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 48.

Mr. Short moved to Baltimore from St. Croix, Virgin Islands, in October 1992 and joined Langston Staley Corp. as a machinist. A Wilmington, Del., native, he had owned a plumbing business there and in 1988 moved the business to St. Croix.

Mr. Short attended Sanford Preparatory School in Delaware and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo.

In the early 1970s, he served as a Marine Corps lieutenant in Vietnam.

In 1976, he and the former Eleanor Danish were married.

Mr. Short was a member of Trinity Assembly of God Church in Lutherville.

Services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Johnston Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd, Towson.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Short is survived by three daughters, Bella A. Short, Julie A. Short, Rebecca L. Short, all of Baltimore; a son, Harry C. Short IV of Hockessin, Del.; his mother, Ann S. Short of Wilmington; and a sister, Ann Daly Internicola of Lancaster, Pa.

Alexander P. Rusk

Active in his church

Alexander P. Rusk, long active in church and community groups in Catonsville, died Thursday of emphysema at St. Agnes Hospital in Catonsville. He was 99.

For more than 40 years, the East Baltimore native worked as a hydroelectric engineer for the Pennsylvania Water and Power Co. and later with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He retired in the late 1960s.

Mr. Rusk attended Public School 77 and graduated from Baltimore City College in 1912.

He left his studies at the Johns Hopkins University to join the Navy in World War I. He was a radio operator on the USS Minnesota.

In 1927, he and his wife, Anna Sener Rusk, moved to Catonsville. They became members of Catonsville Presbyterian Church, where Mr. Rusk was a Sunday school teacher, deacon and elder.

Mr. Rusk taught Morse Code and signaling to members of a Boy Scout troop sponsored by the church. He was a member and former president of the Catonsville Improvement Association, which worked to enforce zoning laws.

Always interested in his home, which he and his wife designed, Mr. Rusk spent his retirement tending his garden and woods on an acre of land in Catonsville.

His wife died in 1981.

Private services will be conducted tomorrow morning at Mr. Rusk's former Catonsville home in the Eden Terrace neighborhood.

Mr. Rusk is survived by his two daughters, Margaret S. Rusk of Syracuse, N.Y., and Carolyn S. Rusk of Catonsville; a grandson; two nephews; and five nieces.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Memorial Fund at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 21228 or to the World Rehabilitation Fund, Inc., 400 E. 34th St., New York, N.Y. 10016.

Donald M. Bricker

Security officer

Donald Maxwell Bricker, a security officer with Westinghouse Corp.'s K-9 unit, died Thursday of heart failure at his home in Baltimore Highlands. He was 56.

Mr. Bricker joined Westinghouse in 1971 after a 20-year Navy career, which took him to Italy, Alaska and Japan. He was last stationed at the Naval Communications Station in Wahiawa, Hawaii.

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