Gladys Dann BowenWorked for bankGladys Dann Bowen, a...

June 06, 1994

Gladys Dann Bowen

Worked for bank

Gladys Dann Bowen, a former Baltimore resident who worked at the Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Co. during World War II, died Thursday of lymphoma at her home in Calabash, N.C. She was 70.

Mrs. Bowen, who lived in Baltimore and Timonium from her childhood until 1965, was assistant to the head of the income tax division of Mercantile Trust for about three years in the early 1940s.

On Christmas 1943, she married George L. Bowen at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., and saw her new husband off to war.

When the war ended, Mrs. Bowen left her job to become a homemaker, rearing four children. The family lived first in Northwest Baltimore and in 1965 moved to Timonium.

Mrs. Bowen left the Baltimore area in 1965, following Mr. Bowen, a Bethlehem Steel Corp. executive, to his jobs in San Pedro, Calif., and Bethlehem, Pa., before retiring in North Carolina.

Mrs. Bowen enjoyed vacationing aboard cruise ships, and with her husband had seen the Mediterranean and Baltic seas. Their travels included Europe, Russia, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Mrs. Bowen also quilted, embroidered, sewed and did other needlework, making clothes and crafts for her children and grandchildren. She was president of the Carolina Shores Quilters Guild. She was an accomplished golfer, winning trophies and holding leadership positions in golfing groups in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Born in the District of Columbia, Mrs. Bowen moved to Baltimore as a child, and graduated in 1942 from Forest Park High School.

Services were to be held at 1 p.m. today at Epiphany Episcopal Church-Dulaney Valley, 2216 Pot Spring Road, Timonium. A lifelong Episcopalian, Mrs. Bowen had been a member of the parish while living in Timonium.

Besides her husband, she is survived by four children, George L. Bowen III of Atlanta, Peter L. Bowen of Cincinnati, Timothy H. Bowen of Seattle and Wendy E. Crocus of Chicago; two brothers, Wallace Dann of Timonium and Clement H. Dann of San Diego; and seven grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, White Marsh 21162, or St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 537, North Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29597.

John James Vanko

Rocket engineer

John James Vanko, a rocket propulsion engineer who worked on the rocket that put men on the moon, died Friday of complications related to Alzheimer's disease at a retirement community in Hanover, Pa. He was 69.

Mr. Vanko, who was a Timonium resident for 34 years, did his best-known work at the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River during the infancy of the U.S. space program.

From 1956 to 1966 he worked on the Vanguard rocket program and the Titan booster rocket, which launched Gemini spacecraft in the mid-1960s. He also worked on the third stage of the Saturn rocket, which launched the Apollo space vehicles that made the first manned moon landing in 1969.

After working at the Martin Co., he worked at the top-secret National Security Agency at Fort Meade until his retirement in 1985.

Mr. Vanko was born in Baltimore, and graduated in 1943 from of Patterson High School.

During World War II, he was a lieutenant aboard the destroyer USS Bordelon in the Caribbean.

He attended the University of Richmond before graduating in 1949 from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

After college, Mr. Vanko's launched his career at Sherwood Brothers in Baltimore as a heating engineer from about 1950 to 1955, and lived in Loch Raven Heights.

As an avocation, he was a craftsman who made sporting equipment, including fishing rods and flies, bows and arrows, and, in later years, grandfather and grandmother clocks.

Mr. Vanko was an elder in two churches, first at the Babcock Memorial Presbyterian Church near Loch Raven Heights, then at the Loch Raven Presbyterian Church.

A service was to be held at 2 p.m. today at Loch Raven Presbyterian Church, 9318 Old Harford Road, Cub Hill.

Mr. Vanko is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Audrey Buechler of Hanover, Pa.; two sons, John C. Vanko of Timonium and David A. Vanko of Decatur, Ga.; and four grandchildren.

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