Ercole T. DiLaura, 83, civil engineerErcole T. DiLaura, an...

January 27, 1996

Ercole T. DiLaura, 83, civil engineer

Ercole T. DiLaura, an Army Corps of Engineers civil engineer for 35 years, died Wednesday of coronary artery disease at St. Agnes Hospital. The Charlestown Retirement Community resident was 83.

Mr. DiLaura, an expert in soil mechanics, retired in 1973 as chief of the foundations and materials branch of the corps' Baltimore district. He was involved with flood control projects in the Susquehanna and Potomac river basins.

Mr. DiLaura, known as Tom, was born and raised in Albion, N.Y., and earned his civil engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1935. He moved to Baltimore in 1947.

He lived in Linstead-on-the-Severn for many years, and had a summer home in West Danville, Vt., where he designed and oversaw construction of a pedestrian bridge to replace an earlier wooden covered bridge. His bridge, said a son, John DiLaura of Hampstead, has been the subject of postcards, calendars and photo essays.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, Charlestown Retirement Community, 715 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Marie Elizabeth Degnan; another son, Thomas DiLaura of Towson; two brothers, Francis "Ted" DiLaura of Port Deposit and Arnold DiLaura of Buffalo, N.Y.; and two sisters, Virginia DiLaura and Norma DiLaura, both of Albion; and four grandchildren. A daughter, Margaret A. Bracone, died in 1990.

Paul E. Leatherbury, 75, Episcopal church rector

The Rev. Paul E. Leatherbury, a retired Episcopal rector and Aberdeen resident, died Wednesday of Alzheimer's disease at the Perry Point Veterans Hospital. He was 75.

He was rector emeritus of St. John's Episcopal Church in Havre de Grace, where he had served from 1958 to 1960. He had also served at churches in Connecticut, Wisconsin and Indiana before retiring to Aberdeen in 1985.

Born and raised on Guilford Avenue, he was a 1938 graduate of City College and earned his bachelor's degree from Carroll College in 1947 and his master's degree in theology at Nashotah House Seminary in Wisconsin in 1951. During World War II, he served with the Army at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. today at St. John's Episcopal Church in Havre de Grace.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Carol Jennerjohn; two sons, Paul E. Leatherbury III of Tuba City, Ariz., and Hugh W. Leatherbury of Temecula, Calif; a daughter, Mary Leatherbury-Sehr of Bedford, Ind.; two sisters, Elizabeth Randall Baltimore, and Lenore Frazer of Austin, Texas; and two grandsons.

Elizabeth H. K. Cook, 91, helped establish church

Elizabeth H. K. Cook, who helped establish St. Christopher's Roman Catholic Church in Stevensville, on Kent Island, and was active in Catholic Charities, died Thursday of complications of a stroke at Roland Park Place. She was 91.

The deeply religious Mrs. Cook was one of the founders of the Catholic Evidence League and helped in the restoration of the Mother Seton House on Paca Street. In addition to her work with Catholic Charities, she volunteered at Mercy Hospital and had been active with the Girl Scouts.

Born and raised in New York City, the former Elizabeth Keyes attended Cherwell Edge College and Oxford University.

In 1926, she married Earnshaw Cook. The couple, who had no children, lived in Woodbrook and Guilford. Mr. Cook, a metallurgical engineer who died in 1987, was the author of "Percentage Baseball," a statistical study of how to win the game, and "Hollica Snooze: Adventures in Duck Hunting."

She and her husband also managed a Kent Island cattle farm from the late 1940s until 1955 and owned a home in North Charleston, S.C. for many years.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 2 p.m. today at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles Street.

Several nieces and nephews survive.

John Phillip Novicki, 90, state police lieutenant

John Phillip Novicki, who retired in 1969 as a Maryland State Police lieutenant after 36 years with the agency, died of lung cancer Sunday at his Relay home. He was 90.

The Highlandtown native graduated from Baltimore City College and Northwestern University, where he earned a degree in law enforcement.

Mr. Novicki was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Randallstown Lions Club, the Harvard Association and the Maryland State Police Alumni Association. He was the oldest member of the police alumni association and had been the last survivor of the state police recruiting class of 1932.

Services were held Thursday.

His first wife, the former Alice May Carroll, died in 1992 and a son, Ruxton Novicki, died in 1993. He is survived by his wife, the former Annabelle Lee Erdman; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Leslie A. Sellman, 49, graphic artist

Leslie A. Sellman, a graphic artist who was known for taking in stray animals, died Monday of cancer at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 49.

The Hampden resident worked at Form Service East, where she had been employed since 1985. Earlier, she had worked for Monarch Avalon Hill Co.

Born and raised in Roland Park, the former Leslie Adams was a 1964 graduate of Eastern High School. She had been active in Girl Scouts and as a volunteer at Union Memorial Hospital and Keswick.

Graveside services are set for noon today at Holly Hill Memorial Mausoleum and Memorial Park, 10201 Bird River Road, Middle )) River.

She is survived by a son, Mark E. Sellman of Baltimore; a daughter, Dorian M. Olsen of Perry Hall; her mother, Mildred C. Adams of Towson; three brothers, Edwin W. Adams III of Monkton, Thomas W. Adams of Towson, and Richard Adams of Baltimore; and a grandchild.

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