John W. Asher
Worked for government
John W. Asher Jr., a retired federal government official, died July 22 from complications of a stroke at the Meridian Nursing Center-The Pines in Easton. He was 83 and had kept a home in Denton since the 1950s.
He joined the Agency for International Development in the State Department in 1963 and was a regional director in Nigeria and director in Thailand. He then was named the department's director of education for two years and retired in 1973.
Before joining the State Department, he was manager of the Choptank Electric Cooperative in Denton for five years.
From the late 1930s until the late 1950s, he worked for the Department of Agriculture, becoming director of personnel.
After he retired, he volunteered his time to start the Denton Child Development Center in 1977 and was its manager for two years. In 1980, he was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Born in Holcomb, Mo., he was educated at Central Missouri State Teachers College and at George Washington University.
He was on the basketball and track teams in college and also played center for his college football team. He played football professionally for the Boston Redskins, the predecessor of the Washington franchise.
In 1937, he and the former Nance Hall were married. She died in 1988.
He is survived by two sons, retired Navy Capt. John W. Asher III of Baltimore and Edward Hall Asher of Chevy Chase; a sister, Peggy Harrison of Athens, W.Va.; a brother, Philip G. Asher of Sherwood Forest; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held July 26 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Denton.
Edward F. McCarron
Baltimore police officer
Edward F. McCarron, a retired Baltimore police officer who also played and coached sports at Calvert Hall College, died Thursday of heart failure at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson. He was 85.
Mr. McCarron's law enforcement career spanned 36 years and four district offices, where he worked as a desk sergeant, patrol lieutenant and acting captain.
He started in the Western District in 1934 and later served in the Southwestern and Northern districts. He had been working in the Southern District when he retired as a lieutenant in 1970.
"He was one of the finest," said John Donohue, a retired city police officer and a friend of Mr. McCarron for more than 20 years. "He was a good interrogator and was one of the best
public relations men I knew."
Mr. Donohue said that as acting captain, Mr. McCarron supervised more than 200 officers. He also praised his work as a homicide investigator.
Mr. McCarron attended St. Katharine School in Baltimore and was a 1929 graduate of Calvert Hall College. A star athlete, he was named to All-Maryland baseball and soccer teams while in high school.
He returned to his alma mater in the 1940s to coach junior varsity and varsity baseball.
Under his direction, Calvert Hall's junior varsity team won several Maryland Scholastic Association championships, and in 1963 the varsity team clinched the MSA baseball championship title.
The teams' successes helped earn him induction into the Calvert Hall Alumni Hall of Fame in 1985.
In later years, his grandchildren's athletic pursuits occupied much of his time. A regular spectator at their games throughout high school and college, he traveled all over the state to watch them play baseball, basketball and soccer.
He was a boxing fan and also followed the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, the Baltimore Orioles and the Calvert Hall Cardinals.
In 1934, he and the former Emily Lehecka were married.
Mr. McCarron was a member of the Law Enforcement Association, the Baltimore City Police Benevolent Association and the Baltimore City Police Retired Association.
He also was a member of the Notre Dame Council of the Knights of Columbus, the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and the Old Timers Baseball Association.
He was a member of the Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame.
A Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Shrine of the Little Flower Roman Catholic Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Jerry McCarron, of Rodgers Forge; and five grandchildren.
John L. Schlesinger
Sun Oil Co. driver
John L. Schlesinger, a retired driver who worked 41 years for Sun Oil Co., died of heart failure at St. Agnes Hospital on July 27. He was 78.
Born and educated in Baltimore, he lived in Ferndale for more than 50 years. He moved to Glen Burnie about five years ago.
Mr. Schlesinger served in the Army during World War II and was stationed in the Philippines. He was discharged in 1946 as a staff sergeant.
He was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 40 and the Ferndale Community Club.
He enjoyed traveling and made frequent trips to Ocean City.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Dorothy Whitney of Glen Burnie; two daughters, Dottie Grady and Jean DeGrafft, both of Pasadena; and two granddaughters.