Andrew T. HospodorARINC chairmanAndrew T. Hospodor...

March 13, 1995

Andrew T. Hospodor

ARINC chairman

Andrew T. Hospodor, chairman and chief executive of ARINC, an Annapolis company that provides voice and data communications, systems engineering and integration services to the air transport industry, died Tuesday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore. He was 58.

Family members said he had been suffering from a brain tumor.

Before joining ARINC in 1987, he had been president and chief executive officer of RCA American Communications Inc.

Mr. Hospodor received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1960, a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University in 1963 and another master's degree in business administration from Lehigh in 1967.

His funeral was Saturday in Annapolis.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Rose Marie Pitarra Hospodor; his mother, Verna Hospodor of Daytona Beach, Fla.; two sons, Andrew D. Hospodor of Los Gatos, Calif., and Peter J. Hospodor of Wellesley, Mass.; a daughter, Sarah Pallone, wife of New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.; two brothers, David E. Hospodor of Germantown and Robert S. Hospodor of Monticello, Ark.; a sister, Eleanor H. Conti of Cumberland, R.I.; and four grandchildren.

Alexander J. Harla

Police officer, orchardist

Alexander "Al" J. Harla, a retired Baltimore City police officer who found a second career as an apple orchardist in northern Baltimore County, died Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital of complications after a heart attack. He was 84.

The Triple-Red, Golden Delicious and other varieties of apples that came from the Harla orchard on Middletown Road were sought by wholesalers, operators of city market stalls and florists who used them in arrangements.

The land was an open field when Mr. Harla bought it 35 years ago.

"We planted every one of those apple trees," said his daughter Sandra Maranto of Towson. "It was a labor of love."

Mr. Harla grew up in Baltimore, the son of Polish immigrants. He completed eighth grade at St. Stanislaus Elementary School.

He was a city patrol officer for 25 years before retiring in 1964. He received commendations for performance and for work at Police Boys Club summer camps.

After retiring, he worked for 10 years for the American Cancer Society and five years as a custodial and maintenance worker at Prettyboy Elementary School.

He lived in Freeland from 1973 to 1990, first in a house on the orchard property, then in another home after the orchard was sold in 1978. He and his wife moved into a condominium in Timonium in 1990.

While living in Freeland, Mr. Harla volunteered at Our Lady of Grace Church in Parkton. He was honored by the Kiwanis Club of Loch Raven in 1975-1976 for outstanding service to the club.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Church Lane in Texas. Burial will be in Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery on German Hill Road.

Besides Ms. Maranto, survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Helen T. Jakubowski; another daughter, Maria Snodgrass New Freedom, Pa.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the House of Ruth Administration Office, 2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore 21218. Jessie F. Snead Ambrose, a homemaker and retired clothing factory worker who lived for nearly 30 years in Reisterstown, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. She was 82 and had suffered for several years from emphysema.

Mrs. Ambrose was born in Staunton, Va., and moved to Reisterstown in the late 1960s with her husband and daughter. She retired from the Oakland Clothing Factory, Baltimore, in the 1970s. She moved to Berlin to live with her daughter and son-in-law about a year ago.

She devoted most of her free time to her family, although she was past president of the Auxiliary of American Legion Post 122 in Randallstown.

Her husband, George D. Ambrose, died in 1978.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Feiser Funeral Home Inc., 302 Lincoln Way West, New Oxford, Pa.

Surviving are a daughter, Bettie L. Engel of Berlin; two brothers, Hans ford Snead of Littlestown, Pa., and Donald E. Snead of Chehalis, W.Va.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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