Michael L. Batson, 53, Baltimore police officerMichael L...

November 04, 1995

Michael L. Batson, 53, Baltimore police officer

Michael L. Batson, who received five departmental citations as a Baltimore police officer before his retirement in 1990, died Wednesday of a stroke at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 53.

Born in Pigtown and educated in city schools, he spent his entire 26-year police career in the Northwestern district. His commendations included a 1970 departmental Bronze Star for the arrest of an armed robbery suspect and a unit citation for his participation in Operation Clean Sweep in 1983.

He served as a Navy flight deck technician from 1959 to 1963 aboard the USS Randolph and participated in picking up astronauts John Glenn and Virgil I. Grissom after their successful space missions.

A Pasadena resident, Mr. Batson enjoyed fishing, crabbing and boating.

A memorial service is set for 1 p.m. today in the Tanglewood Pavilion at Downs Park, Mountain Road, Pasadena.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, the former Susan H. Rakar; two daughters, Loretta Ann Schoettler of Locust Point and Michele Lee Batson of Pasadena; his mother, Elizabeth Russell of Arbutus; two sisters, Mary J. Greer and Deborah Egitto, both of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 162 Prince George St., Annapolis 21401.

Ralph Cadot Holliday, 76, insurance broker

Ralph Cadot Holliday, a retired insurance broker, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Pinehurst. He was 76.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s Mr. Holliday owned and operated Ralph C. Holliday & Co., then worked for Riggs, Counselman, Michaels & Downes for a few years. He had started his insurance career with Tongue Brooks & Co.

The native of Augusta, Ga., was a graduate of the Porter Military Academy in Charleston, S.C., and attended the Citadel, where his father was commandant of cadets, before transferring to the University of Virginia. He served in the Army as a captain in World War II.

Mr. Holliday enjoyed flying his plane, which he kept at Martin State Airport, and cutting and polishing semiprecious stones.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Charles Street and Melrose Avenue.

He is survived by his wife, the former Bette Shackelford; two sons, Ralph Cadot Holliday III of Kansas City, Mo., and Richard TTC D. Holliday of Cupertino, Calif; two daughters, Jocelyn H. Wagner of Scio, Ore., and Bette E. Holliday of Mendocino, Calif.; two brothers, Donald D. Holliday of Charlotte, N.C., and William F. Holliday of Front Royal, Va.; a sister, Dorothy Secker of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Rev. Amalio E. Greco, 80, pastor of St. Jude's Church

The Rev. Amalio E. Greco, pastor of St. Jude's Roman Catholic Shrine at 308 N. Paca St. and former pastor of St. Leo's Church in Little Italy, died Wednesday after a heart attack at the shrine. He was 80.

The Pallotine priest headed the Immaculate Conception Province the order from 1969 to 1972. He was pastor of St. Leo's between 1982 and 1985 and had served as an assistant there for four years after his ordination in Rome in 1939.

The native of Providence, R.I., who studied at the North American College in Rome, was the pastor of churches in New York City and New Jersey and, from 1948 to 1956, an Air Force chaplain in Germany and Okinawa. He left the service with the rank of major.

A Mass of Christian burial for Father Greco will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Jude's.

He is survived by four sisters, Angelina Annunziato, Elvera Greco, Elena Placella and Nilda Cintolo, and three brothers, Armando Greco, Anthony Greco and John Greco, all of Providence.

Edwin A. Slavinsky, 80, dentist in city, Catonsville

Edwin A. Slavinsky, a dentist who retired in 1984, died Tuesday at his home in Towson of cancer. He was 80.

Dr. Slavinsky began practicing in 1938 in West Baltimore, and later moved to Catonsville.

During World War II, he served in a medical detachment with an amphibious anti-aircraft unit. He participated in four landings in Italy and Southern France, including Anzio, before leaving the service as a major in 1946.

In the late 1940s and 1950s, Dr. Slavinsky was a consulting dentist for the Maryland Training School for Boys. He was a member of the Baltimore County and state dental associations, the Polish Heritage Association and the Parkville Memorial Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Adele T. Szwabowski; two daughters, Barbara Slavinsky of Lompoc, Calif., and Louise Briggs of Bristol, R.I.; a son, Gary Slavinsky Sr. of Columbia; and five grandchildren.

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