Sidney M. KaplanEngineer, executiveSidney M. Kaplan, a...

March 06, 1994

Sidney M. Kaplan

Engineer, executive

Sidney M. Kaplan, a retired electrical engineer and high-technology executive, died Feb. 26 of an aneurysm at Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax, Va., where he lived for many years.

He was 72.

Born and reared in Northwest Baltimore, he attended the Johns Hopkins University and in 1948 earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from University of Maryland. He earned a master's degree in history from George Mason University in Fairfax in 1988. At the time of his death, he was studying for a doctorate in the history and philosophy of science and had been an adjunct professor of history at York College in York, Pa., since 1992.

He was a manager of computerized energy conservation projects for Computer Sciences Corp. of Herndon, Va., from 1980 until his retirement in 1986. From 1956 to 1978, he was president and chief executive officer of Peazo Technology Inc. and Systems Inc. in Orlando, Fla. He began his career in 1949 with General Electric Co. as a laboratory section manager in Ithaca, N.Y. He also was a consultant to the Air Force and a liaison with congressional small-business committees.

During World War II, he was a radio communications specialist with the 3186 Signal Service Battalion, Company C, of the Army Signal Corps in the European and Pacific theaters. He was discharged with the rank of staff sergeant in 1946.

At the time of his death, he was writing a textbook on the history of Western civilization.

He was a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for the History of Technology. He also was active in the Democratic Party and had been president of the Congregation of Liberal Judaism in Orlando.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Irene Budlow; two sons, Howard F. Kaplan of Chicago and David R. Kaplan of York, Pa.; two daughters, Phyllis Alexander of Houston and Ellen Kaplan-Maxfield of Boston; two sisters, Charlotte Buckner and Mildred Bernstein, both of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Services were held Feb. 27 in Baltimore.

William H. Spillane

Public health official

Dr. William H. Spillane, a retired commander in the U.S. Public Health Service who directed the National Institute on Drug Abuse's scientific and program information division, died Feb. 20 of cancer at the Joseph Richey Hospice in Baltimore.

Dr. Spillane, who was 58, moved to Chester on Kent Island after his retirement in 1984.

For a year after retiring from the federal posts, he was executive director of Hope House, an alcoholism-treatment center in Annapolis.

Frederick Ahearn, dean of the School of Social Work at Catholic University and a longtime friend, said Dr. Spillane's responsibilities at the National Institute on Drug Abuse included development of qualifications for grants for drug-abuse treatment programs and development of surveys of drug use among children and adolescents.

He had also been a consultant on drug abuse treatment programs in Talbot County and to the governments of Italy and Thailand.

A native of Baltimore and a graduate of Loyola High School and Loyola College, he earned a master's degree in social work at Catholic University. He earned a master's degree in public health and a doctorate in public health and social work research at the University of Pittsburgh.

He was commissioned in the Public Health Service in 1961.

His marriage to the former Carolyn H. Kijowski ended in divorce.

He is survived by a son, Kevin M. Spillane of Hanover; a daughter, Karen D. Spillane of Largo, Fla.; his mother, Dorothee M. Spillane of Baltimore; two brothers, the Rev. Michael J. Spillane of Washington and Robert T. Spillane of Toronto; and a grandson.

A memorial Mass was offered Feb. 24.

Frank Ely


Frank Ely, a retired postmaster, died Feb. 17 of cancer at his home in Santa Ana, Calif., where he had lived for more than 40 years.

The former Middle River resident was 74.

He retired in 1991 as postmaster of the Laguna Beach, Calif., post office. He had been postmaster in Sausalito and Santa Cruz.

He was reared on Wilson Point Road and attended Baltimore County schools. He also attended the Johns Hopkins University while working at the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River before World War II.

During the war, he served with an Army Medical Corps unit in Italy and was discharged in 1945. He briefly returned to the Martin Co. before moving to California in the late 1940s and going to work for the U.S. Postal Service.

He is survived by his wife, the former Naomi Merian, whom he married in 1940; two sons, Stephen Ely of Santa Ana and `D Jonathan Ely of Pittsburgh; a daughter, Elisabeth Echelbarger of Fair Oaks, Calif.; a brother, Gordon Ely of Bel Air; a sister, Gladys Moore of Kingsville; and six grandchildren.

Services were held Feb. 21.

Andrew David Funk

Television repairman

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