John F. Wall, 70, associate administrator at Stella Maris

November 15, 1995|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

John Francis Wall, retired associate administrator of Stella Maris, died Saturday of complications from circulatory disease at his home in Abingdon. He was 70.

"He started here as a business manager in 1968 and was greatly involved during the transitional period that changed Stella Maris from a home for the aged to a sophisticated health care facility," said Sister Louis Mary Battle, president of the Cardinal Sheehan Center and Stella Maris.

"He was always willing to work with people during those changing times and had a wonderful lovable and gentle personality. He always made time for people and was willing to listen to their problems and concerns. He was a true gentleman," she said.

He retired from Stella Maris in 1988. Earlier, he had worked for Freidan Calculator and Wallace and Gayle, a roofing company.

Born and raised in the old 10th Ward near the state penitentiary, he attended parochial schools and graduated from Calvert Hall College high school. He served as a medical corpsman in the Navy in World War II and earned a bachelor's degree in business from Loyola College in 1954.

Mr. Wall was a baritone who had a lifelong interest in singing. He performed with several church choirs, and was a member of the choir that sang for the wedding of President Lyndon B. Johnson's daughter Luci Baines Nugent in 1966.

Mr. Wall was married in 1959 to the former Patricia Kane, who died in 1977.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in the chapel of Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson.

Mr. Wall is survived by his wife of 11 years, the former Margaret Costello King; three sons, Thomas Wall and Matthew Wall, both of Abingdon, and Steven Wall of Bel Air; a daughter, Kristin Kehring of Bel Air; two stepsons, Gregory King of Middletown and Larry King of Loch Raven Village; two stepdaughters, M. Christine King of Northampton, Mass., and Rosemary King of Las Cruces, N.M.; a brother, James E. Wall of Baltimore; a sister, Anita Kearney of Baltimore; and 10 grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Stella Maris.

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