William E. Carter Sr.Owned catering serviceWilliam E...

January 15, 1994

William E. Carter Sr.

Owned catering service

William E. Carter Sr., retired owner of Carter's Catering Service, died Wednesday of pneumonia at Meridian Nursing Center-Randallstown. He was 84.

Mr. Carter, who had lived in Northwest Baltimore for many years, retired in 1988 from the catering business he had operated for 40 years, but continued to do small jobs for longtime customers for about three years.

Before starting the catering business, he was a waiter at the Baltimore Country Club.

Born in Colonial Beach, Va., he was raised in Philadelphia and was a porter on the private car of the president of Pennsylvania Railroad. He met several U.S. presidents and other prominent people who used the car.

During World War II, he also worked in the sleeping cars that were provided for officers on troop trains.

His wife of 52 years, the former Peggy Gendell Reynolds, died in 1981.

A memorial service was set for 3:30 p.m. today at Sharon Baptist Church, Stricker and Presstman streets, Baltimore.

He is survived by four grandsons, Purgeon R. Carter Jr. of Randallstown and William E. Carter, Shawn Carter and Dax Carter, all of Baltimore; and two great-grandchildren.

Rev. J. D. Metzler

Brethren center founder

The Rev. John D. Metzler, who started the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor and was its first director, died Dec. 20 at a nursing home in the Portland, Ore., area after several strokes. He was 85.

He retired in 1964 from Church World Services, a Church of the Brethren group.

Mr. Metzler directed the center from its foundation in 1944 until 1946.

He also participated in other church programs, such as CROP, a post-World War II interdenominational collection of food for war-damaged areas. He had also done relief work in Europe for the World Council of Churches.

Born in Indiana, he had been a teacher, pastor of several congregations and a district executive for the Church of the Brethren in that state before he got involved in relief work.

He graduated from Manchester College in Indiana and did graduate work at Ohio State University, the University of Chicago and Bethany Seminary in Chicago. He held an honorary doctorate from Manchester.

His wife, the former Margaret B. Eldridge, died in 1983.

A memorial service was set for 10:30 a.m. today at the Church of the Brethren in Fruitland, Idaho.

He is survived by a daughter, Helen Dell Thompson of Modesto, Calif.; two sons, the Rev. John D. Metzler Jr. of Nappanee, Ind., and Robert E. Metzler of Portland; a foster daughter, Sabine Casten of River Forest, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Catherine McDonald

College registrar

Catherine H. McDonald, registrar at Loyola College for more than three decades, died Wednesday of heart failure at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. She was 92.

She was born in Sykesville, one of five children of James and Mary Hammond McDonald, and was a 1920 graduate of Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville.

She joined the Loyola College staff in the early 1930s and, according to a history of the Jesuit school, was the first woman to hold a full-time position at the then all-male institution.

"Her employment, unremarkable as it may seem now, came after earnest but unrecorded discussions among the Jesuits," wrote Nicholas Varga in his history of the college, "Baltimore's Loyola, Loyola's Baltimore," published by the Maryland Historical Society 1990.

Later, as the college's registrar, "she was a charming and resourceful presence who for over 30 years provided an important strand of administrative continuity," Mr. Varga observed.

"More than one student and teacher, and perhaps a dean or two, were saved from misfortune by her generous concern, knowledge and experience. Her retirement in 1966 evoked many affectionate testimonials."

After her retirement, Miss McDonald spent much of her time as a volunteer at Mercy Medical Center.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Charlestown's Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, after the reciting of the rosary at 9 a.m. and a viewing.

She is survived by a nephew, Francis J. McDonald of Philadelphia; four great-nieces; and four great-nephews.

Theodore R. Moran


Theodore R. Moran, a retired technician for Bendix Field Engineering Corp., died Jan. 8 at Mercy Medical Center after a heart attack. He was 65.

Mr. Moran, who lived on Heritage Hill Lane in Ellicott City, retired eight years ago from Bendix. While with Bendix, he had assignments in Bermuda, the Philippines and Hawaii.

After he retired, he worked for a short time in Saudi Arabia for Science Applications International Corp.

The New York native attended New York University and earned a business degree with honors from the University of Maryland.

He was a member of Eppos, a Columbia social group, and the old Sphinx Club in Baltimore. He was vice president of the Baltimore Chapter of In-Roads, a group that promotes hiring of blacks.

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