Gladys Maglidt, Miss Maryland in '27

August 06, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Gladys Hanson Millar Maglidt, who was Miss Maryland at the Fair of the Iron Horse in 1927, died July 24 of heart failure at her residence in Roland Park Place. She was 89.

She had been chosen by the Baltimore and Ohio railroad to participate in the 1927 pageant at Halethorpe that commemorated the railroad's 100th anniversary. After the fair, the railroad sent her throughout the country as a goodwill ambassador.

She joined the B&O in 1920 and worked in the treasurer's office until her retirement in 1945.

Proud of her Maryland heritage, she asked the U.S. Maritime Commission during World War II to name a Liberty ship after an ancestor, John Hanson, first president of the Continental Congress.

With the assistance of then-Senator George L. Radcliffe, she was able to realize her dream when the John Hanson was christened Sept. 21, 1944, at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in South Baltimore. As a great-great-great-grandniece of the patriot, she took part in the launching ceremonies.

In 1945, she married William McGhan of Washington. The couple lived in the Ridgemede Apartments in Baltimore and later moved to Annapolis. After her husband's death in 1980, she returned to Baltimore.

In 1991, she married H. Wilson Maglidt, a retired industrial engineer and resident of Roland Park Place, who died in 1992.

She was a member of the John Hanson Society, the Dames of the Court of Honor, the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, the National Society of the War of 1812 and the Daughters of American Colonists. In 1991, she celebrated her 50-year membership in the Baltimore Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was a communicant of St. David's Episcopal Church.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. today at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Church Circle, Annapolis. An additional memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St.

Survivors include several cousins and a nephew.

Memorial donations may be made to the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore 21201.

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