Henry R. Kozloski, 81, saw Japan surrenderHenry R...

March 06, 1996

Henry R. Kozloski, 81, saw Japan surrender

Henry R. Kozloski, who witnessed the surrender of Japan that ended World War II, died of a brain tumor Sunday at Ivy Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Middle River. He was 81.

He joined the Navy in 1939 and, as a beachhead officer in the South Pacific, was in charge of crews that repaired damaged warships and PT boats. He witnessed the surrender as a member of the honor guard on the USS Missouri, where the event was held.

"He didn't talk much about the surrender until the end of his life," said his son, Paul H. Kozloski of Riderwood. "He was a very private man and always said that he had done his duty and it was nothing to brag about. It was simply his contribution to being an American."

The elder Mr. Kozloski described the day "as the happiest of his life," his son said.

Mr. Kozloski and the Japanese representatives, who ate dinner aboard the Missouri, swapped chinaware. He highly prized his three Japanese Royal Navy dishes.

He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of lieutenant. He joined the Naval Reserve and retired in 1962 with the rank of commander.

He spent 39 years with the Western Electric Co. at its Point Breeze plant and was chief of business development and budget director when he retired in 1975. Since 1945, he lived in Oliver Beach in eastern Baltimore County in a home on the Gunpowder River, where he fished and repaired antique boats.

Born and raised in Mount Carmel, Pa., he was a graduate of schools there and attended Notre Dame University, where he played football for coach Knute Rockne.

He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, where he was a member of the first business and accounting class.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Gunpowder Post 10067, Toastmasters International -- where he taught public speaking to young executives -- and Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church.

Services were planned for 1 p.m. today at Bruzdzinski Funeral Home, 1407 Eastern Ave. in Essex.

Other survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Victoria Orloski; a daughter, Gail F. Huber of Baldwin; a sister, Sister Mary Gregoria, C.S.F.N., of Monroe, Conn.; and four grandchildren.

Katherine V. Brown, a homemaker and former proofreader whose interests included gourmet cooking and archaeology, died of cancer Friday at her Guilford home. She was 62.

After working briefly as a laboratory technician at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the early 1950s, Ms. Brown learned proofreading and went to work for Monumental Printing Co., French-Bray Printing Co. and Garamond-Pridemark Press, where she worked for 10 years until she retired in 1973.

The former Katherine Valsamaki enjoyed touring archaeological sites in Greece, Crete and Turkey.

She also was an accomplished cook, specializing in Middle Eastern and Greek cuisines.

Born and raised in the Walbrook section of the city, Ms. Brown was a 1952 graduate of Western High School, a Wellness Communities volunteer who visited cancer patients, and a member of Christ Lutheran Church, where services were held yesterday. She is survived by her husband of 22 years, William E. Brown; two daughters, Barbara Rattner of Wellesley, Mass., and Carol Carr of Staten Island, N.Y.; her mother, Bertha Valsamaki of Baltimore; two stepsons, Barton G. Brown of Baltimore and Markland G. Brown of Vienna, Va.; a stepdaughter, Bethany Tyler of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Florence A. D. Bailey, 71, school principal

Florence A. D. Bailey, 71, a Baltimore school principal who retired in 1971, died of cancer Feb. 18 at Charlestown Retirement Community, where she had lived for two years.

The birth of an autistic daughter prompted the former Florence A. Dennis, a Baltimore native, to join the Autism Society of Maryland.

She was a board member of Linwood Children's Center in Ellicott City, a private school for children and adults.

She was an elder at Lochearn Presbyterian Church, which she joined in 1991 and where services were held Feb. 22. She is survived by her daughter, Jane Allyson Bailey of Silver Spring; and four cousins.

Pub date 3/06/96

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