Edward F. ShawAirline pilotEdward F. Shaw, a retired...

March 02, 1994

Edward F. Shaw

Airline pilot

Edward F. Shaw, a retired airline pilot whose career extended from the era of piston-powered aircraft to jets, died Friday of pneumonia at Sinai Hospital. He was 69.

He joined Eastern Airlines in 1950 and ended his career flying the New York-to-South America route in 1984. He flew DC-3 passenger planes for the carrier in his early years, including the one that now hangs in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

He was born and reared in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was a graduate of Stuyvesant High School. He earned an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

In 1941, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was a member of the Ninth Air Force, flying troop transports in England. He also flew paratroopers in Korea and was discharged in 1950. He briefly flew for Panagra Airlines in Peru before going to work for Eastern.

The Severna Park resident owned and operated Coin-Op Carwash and later Compu-Tune auto repair in Glen Burnie. He closed the businesses in 1988.

He was a member of the Bodkin Yacht Club and of the Retired Airline Pilots Association.

A memorial service was planned for 5 p.m. today at Gonce Funeral Home, 4001 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie.

He is survived by his wife, the former Shirley H. Ashley of Troy, N.Y., whom he married in 1950; and three daughters, Karen King of Taneytown, Carolyn Walker of Indianapolis and Susan Shaw of Severna Park.

Mary F. Leaverton

Ran disc jockey service

Mary Frances Leaverton, who managed a disc jockey service she and her husband owned, died Monday of cancer at her home in Cockeysville. She was 43.

Known as Mary Fran, she managed Disc Jockey Enterprises Inc. in Hunt Valley, which provides disc jockeys for wedding receptions and other events in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

She and her husband, Ronald T. Leaverton, a former reporter for WBAL-TV and a partner in a Timonium television production company, started the disc jockey service in 1979.

She was born Mary Frances Briggs in Hampton, Va., and, in 1971, graduated from Averett College in Danville, Va. She scheduled commercials for WVEC-TV in Norfolk, Va., before coming to this area at the time of her marriage in 1978.

She was a patient representative on a Sinai Hospital advisory board.

A memorial service was planned for 8 p.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a stepson, Gary Leaverton; and a stepdaughter, Jennifer Leaverton, both of Cockeysville; her mother, Frances P. Briggs of Newport News, Va.; and two brothers, Ashley Briggs of Harvard, Mass., and Robert Briggs of Newport News.

Memorial donations may be made to the Division of Medical Oncology of the Sinai Hospital Department of Medicine.

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