Milton McGrath VaneIndustrial engineerMilton McGrath Vane...

April 04, 1994

Milton McGrath Vane

Industrial engineer

Milton McGrath Vane, an industrial engineer who supervised production for several Maryland clothing manufacturers, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his Finksburg home. He was 71.

Mr. Vane was a former president of the Carroll County Alzheimer's Support Organization, a cause he became dedicated to as he cared for his wife, Corabelle, who has suffered from the disease for more than a decade. She now lives at the Westminster Nursing and Convalescent Center.

Mr. Vane worked for men's clothing companies from 1968 to 1981 before retiring from S. L. Hartz Inc. in Frederick. It was there that he acquired the most fashionable items in his wardrobe, recalled his daughter, E. Susan Barber of Baltimore. "He had custom-made Givenchy suits, even though he wasn't a custom-made Givenchy man," she said fondly.

He worked at Max Rubin Industries in Baltimore from 1975 to 1978 and at the Greif Co. in Westminster from 1968 to 1974. He also worked at the Esskay Quality Meat Co. in Baltimore as a production manager from 1974 to 1975.

Born in Cambridge, Dorchester County, he moved to Baltimore as a child, attended Forest Park High School and later took courses in industrial management and engineering. He lived in Baltimore until the late 1960s, when he moved to Carroll County.

He was a "gentleman farmer" who grew enough food on his 5 acres to feed his family for a winter, Ms. Barber said.

From the mid-1950s to 1968, Mr. Vane worked as an industrial engineer at a General Electric Co. plant in Baltimore, supervising production of ceramic insulators.

He cared for his ailing wife at home for about eight years until 1990 and often visited her at the Westminster nursing home.

"The nursing home said over and over how devoted he was to her," Ms. Barber said, adding that her father tried to educate the community about Alzheimer's. He was featured in a 1992 article in The Sun about the ordeal of caring for someone with Alzheimer's.

Mr. Vane, a member of the Baltimore Light Opera Company, sang at Grace English Lutheran Church in Baltimore and with the Walbrook Methodist Church Choir, also in Baltimore.

Other survivors include another daughter, Donna Vane Miller of Millers, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road in Westminster.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Support Group, 7 School House Ave., Westminster, 21157.

Ernest L. Poyner

Union Trust executive

Ernest L. Poyner, a retired banker and lawyer, died March 20 of pneumonia at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. The former Baltimore resident was 90.

He retired in 1969 after a 45-year career in the banking and trust departments of the Union Trust Co. of Maryland.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he received his education in the YMCA evening high school and the Baltimore College of Commerce. He earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore Law School in 1933 and taught there for several years. He also was a 1940 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.

His professional associations included the Trust Association of Maryland and the Baltimore Estate Planning Council.

Active in masonic affairs, he held offices in Concordia Lodge No. 13, the Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland, the Cyprian Conclave, the Red Cross of Constantine and the Scottish Rite.

He was a former president of the Rotary Club of Baltimore, the 40-West Lions Club and the Red Shield's Boy's Club Council and was chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the U.S.O. Council of Greater Baltimore and Maryland General Hospital.

In 1926, he married the former Evelyn Rolston, who died in 1987.

Survivors include a daughter, Peggy P. Regester of Daytona Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held March 25.

Adelaide Warfield

Editor, publisher

Adelaide C. Warfield, a Caroline County editor and publisher and an advocate for retarded children, died March 26 of cancer at her home in Denton. She was 65.

She began her newspaper career as the society editor of the tTC Caroline County County Record, then became the editor of the Federalsburg Times and founded The Journal in Denton. In 1980, she established the Caroline Review and was the paper's publisher until she retired in 1989.

In the 1950s, Mrs. Warfield helped establish the Upper Shore Association for Retarded Children, the Maryland Association for Retarded Children and a workshop for retarded children from the Upper Eastern Shore.

In 1981, she was appointed to the Caroline County Board of License Commissioners by then-Gov. Harry R. Hughes and remained an active member at the time of her death.

The former Adelaide Callahan was born in Wye Mills and was a 1946 graduate of Easton High School.

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