Charles L. PorterAccountant, veteranCharles Lewis Porter...

January 12, 1995

Charles L. Porter

Accountant, veteran

Charles Lewis Porter, a retired accountant and World War II veteran who was missing almost two days last week, died Tuesday at Franklin Square Hospital from pneumonia and other medical complications. He was 79.

Mr. Porter disappeared late Thursday from his daughter's Perry Hall home. He was in poor condition when police found him Saturday in his car, parked next to railroad tracks in Essex.

Mr. Porter grew up in Forest Park and graduated from Polytechnic Institute.

Entering the Army at the outbreak of World War II, he was assigned to the horse cavalry. He later fought as an infantryman in battles in the Leyte Gulf, New Britain and New Guinea. He received numerous decorations and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

After the war, he married the former Irma G. Brooks and worked as an accountant for Olin Chemical Co. in Curtis Bay for nearly 30 years. He retired in the mid-1970s. His wife died in 1982.

Mr. Porter was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion and had been treasurer of the Maryland Association of Retarded Citizens.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Schimunek Funeral Home, 9705 Belair Road, Perry Hall.

Surviving are his daughter, Susan Meckel; a son, Jeff Porter of Randallstown; two sisters, Clare Gere of Baltimore and Lillie Durney of Frostburg; and a granddaughter. A. Reid Johnson, a retired insurance executive and real estate agent, died of heart failure Saturday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 89.

The Towson resident had retired in 1972 as a vice president of the Maryland Casualty Co.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Calvert School and the Marston School, the Maryland Insurance School and the College of Insurance in New York. He also took courses at the Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II, he served for a time in the Army.

His first job had been with Maryland Casualty, where he became a department head and a special representative in the New York office. He left the firm in 1944 to return to Baltimore, working for several insurance companies and becoming a vice president of the New Amsterdam Casualty Co. before rejoining Maryland Casualty in 1961.

After his retirement from Maryland Casualty, he worked for the Chase Fitzgerald & Co. real estate firm until a year ago.

He had been a member of the Churchmen's Club, the Paint and Powder Club, the Merchants' Club, the Engineers' Club and the Center Club.

Services were set for 2.30 p.m. today at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Judith Montgomery Colt; a son, Reid Colt Johnson of Los Angeles; and two granddaughters.

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