Elaine L. BresnahanCollege educatorDr. Elaine L...


November 01, 1993

Elaine L. Bresnahan

College educator

Dr. Elaine L. Bresnahan, former chairwoman of the psychology department at Essex Community College, died Friday of cancer at Sinai Hospital. She was 70.

Dr. Bresnahan earned a doctorate in psychology from Kent State University in Ohio and did postdoctoral study at Northwestern University in Chicago and at the University of Pittsburgh. She was a founding member of the Society for Neural Science.

A Towson resident, she began teaching at Essex in 1973 and served as head of the psychology department for seven years. During her tenure, she secured a National Science Foundation training grant which enabled the college to establish a psychology laboratory.

"It became a phenomenal laboratory where serious research continues today," said her daughter, Michaeline Bresnahan of Orange, Conn.

Dr. Bresnahan continued to teach at the college and also trained students at Francis Scott Key Medical Center in research techniques. She remained a member of both faculties at the time of her death.

"She was a neural scientist and her heart was always in research," said another daughter, Dr. Jacqueline Bresnahan of Columbus, Ohio. "Her work focused on experiments to show the effects of aging on learning and memory."

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon Monday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd. Interment will be at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

She is survived by her husband, John D. Bresnahan, with whom she recently celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary. In addition to her daughters, survivors include a son, Robert Bresnahan of Portland, Ore.; a sister, Kathleen Gihring of Downers Grove, Ill.; and six grandchildren.

The family requests memorial contributions to the Elaine L. Bresnahan Scholarship Fund, Essex Community College, Baltimore 21237.

Eugene W. Thomas

Retired bread salesman

Eugene Wilfred Thomas, a retired salesman for the Schmidt Baking Co., died Thursday of cancer at North Arundel Hospital.

Known as Gene, the 74-year old Pennsylvania native worked for the baking firm for 14 years, retiring in 1982. Earlier, he was a salesman for the Wonder Bread Co.

After his retirement, Mr. Thomas worked for Maryland Medical Laboratory Inc. as a driver.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

Mr. Thomas was active in the Marley Park Democratic Club.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Ruth Cox of Glen Burnie; four sons, Jim Swanson of Abingdon, Timothy Thomas of Annapolis and Albert Thomas and Kenneth Thomas, both of Glen Burnie; three daughters, Patty Cimarelli of Bel Air, Sandy Collier of Annapolis and Sharon Rogers of Glen Burnie; a sister, Dottie Wimer of Binghamton, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.

Melvin H. Szczybor

Veteran of two wars

Melvin H. Szczybor, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War, died of a rare form of neurological cancer Thursday at Harbor Hospital in Baltimore. He was 66.

As a soldier during World War II, he was one of about 2,000 soldiers exposed to mustard gas in classified military tests, his family said.

He was the past commander of the St. Patrick Catholic War Veterans Post 766 and a member of the Gen. Joseph Haller American Legion post. He remained active in several Polish organizations, serving as president of the Polish Home Club and as a member of the Polish National Congress.

The East Baltimore Booster Club selected him as its Outstanding Man of the Year for 1973 for his service to youth, the needy and the elderly.

A retired agent for Sun Life Insurance of America, Mr. Szczybor was a lifelong resident of Southeast Baltimore and parishioner of Holy Rosary Church, where he served as a lector and cantor.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be celebrated at noon today at Holy Rosary Church on South Chester Street.

Survivors are his wife, Angela Szczybor; a son, Ronald Szczybor; four sisters, Marie Kucinski, Jane Bartynski, Josephine Gordon and Regina Pulaski; two brothers, Marion Szczybor and Walter Sybor; and a granddaughter, all of Baltimore.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Holy Rosary Church Restoration Fund.

Patrick B. Covahey

Worked for G. Heileman

Patrick B. Covahey, an assistant brewmaster for G. Heileman Brewing Co., died of cancer Thursday at his home in Linthicum. He was 54.

A former Baltimore County resident, Mr. Covahey had once served as captain of the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Department. He also was active in the Master Brewers Association and had worked at the Halethorpe brewery for 29 years.

Family members said he was an avid ice hockey fan.

Services were to be held at 1 p.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie.

Survivors are Nancy Covahey, his wife of 10 years; his mother, Viola Wilhelm, and grandmother, Hattie Chenoweth, both of Lutherville; a son, Patrick G. Covahey of Baltimore; a stepson, George R. Prentiss Jr. of Linthicum; a stepdaughter, Cynthia L. Simpkins of Pasadena; and three grandchildren.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville

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