Judson CouncillDraftsmanJudson Councill, a retired...

April 09, 1994

Judson Councill


Judson Councill, a retired draftsman who chronicled his family's history, died Wednesday of coronary disease at Rainbow Hall, the Baptist Home of Maryland in Owings Mills where he had lived since 1986. He was 97.

He was born in Baltimore and reared in Warrenton, Va., where he graduated from high school in 1915.

He tried to enlist in the Navy during World War I and was rejected because he was underweight. He later was accepted )) and was in basic training in Newport News, Va., when the war ended in 1918.

He enrolled in the University of Richmond and later came to Baltimore to study at the Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland Institute, College of Art. He worked during the early 1920s for Carr-Lowery Co. and later for Crown, Cork and Seal Co., where he was a bottle designer.

In 1927, he joined David J. Carver, his brother-in-law, at Little-Jones Co., importers in New York, and was sent to Shanghai, Peking and Suchow, China, where he bought art objects, especially old porcelains. He also designed porcelains, which then were manufactured in Chien-te-Chen, the famous porcelain center of China, until the Japanese began bombing Chinese cities during the 1930s and the firm was forced to suspend its operations.

After World War II, he went to work for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in Baltimore where he designed and made maps. He retired in the early 1960s.

In retirement, he compiled "Hodges, Councill and Descendants," chronicling the history of his family, whose early members settled south of the James River in the early 17th century. He also wrote light verse and reminiscences of his days in China and of his youth in Warrenton.

A memorial service was planned for noon today at Woodbrook Baptist Church, 25 Stevenson Lane, Towson, where he was a member.

He is survived by two nieces, Margaret Carver Flowers of Baltimore and Ann Carver Asper of Gibson Island; and several grand-nephews and grand-nieces.

Memorial donations may be made to Woodbrook Baptist Church.

Genevieve Emerine

Retired teacher

Genevieve R. Emerine, a retired teacher, died March 15 of heart failure at the Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm. She was 86 and had maintained a home for many years on the Magothy River.

She retired in 1968 after a 40-year career as a teacher and administrator for the Baltimore City school system.

She was a graduate of Towson State Normal School, now Towson State University, and earned a master's degree from Columbia University. She took additional courses at the Johns Hopkins University.

A memorial service was set for 2 p.m. today in the chapel at Glen Meadows, 11630 Glen Arm Road.

She is survived by a sister, Evelyn Diven of Westminster.

Memorial donations may be made to the Baltimore County Humane Society, 160 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown 21136.


Clara Mercaldo

Clothing firm worker

Clara Mercaldo, who had worked in her husband's clothing manufacturing company and was active in church and other groups, died Wednesday of pneumonia at Mercy Medical Center. She was 97 and lived in Hamilton in Northeast Baltimore.

She was born Clara Mainolfi near Naples, Italy, where she was educated. She came to Baltimore with her family in 1914.

A short while later she married Frank Mercaldo who had followed her to this country. She worked for a time at his firm, Three M Clothes, which made men's clothing. Mr. Mercaldo died in 1964.

Mrs. Mercaldo had been president of the Regina Ellen Lodge of the Order of the Sons of Italy and a member of the St. Elizabeth's Guild and of auxiliaries of the Knights of Columbus and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Harford Road and Pelham Avenue.

Mrs. Mercaldo is survived by a son, Clement R. Mercaldo of Towson; a daughter, Tina Martin of Baltimore; a sister, Blanche Scaramazzo of Bel Air; a brother, Joseph Mainolfi of Baltimore; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Katharine E. Wood


Katharine E. Wood, a homemaker and former Roland Park resident, died March 31 of heart failure at Broward Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She was 97.

She was born Katharine Etter in Harrisburg, Pa., and was a 1913 graduate of the Harrisburg Academy.

In 1918, she married William M. Wood, the son of Rufus Wood, one of the founders of the Maryland Steel Co. plant at Sparrows Point, which became the Pennsylvania Steel Co. until it was purchased by Bethlehem Steel Corp.

The Woods lived on Cloverhill Road in Roland Park for many years.

After the death of Mr. Wood, a stockbroker, in 1967, Mrs. Wood returned to Harrisburg, then moved to Florida in 1985.

L A memorial service was planned for today in Fort Lauderdale.

She is survived by a son, William M. Wood Jr. of Baltimore; two daughters, Nancy W. Lee of Wilmington, Del., and Lucy W. Moses of Fort Lauderdale; nine grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Robert B. Rendle

Laboratory technician

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