Kevin B. Thomas, 39, editorial writer for The SunKevin B...

March 21, 1996

Kevin B. Thomas, 39, editorial writer for The Sun

Kevin B. Thomas, an editorial writer and columnist for The Sun, died yesterday of kidney failure at his Columbia residence. He was 39.

He joined The Evening Sun as a reporter in 1984 and covered Anne Arundel County, city schools, features and business before becoming a columnist and editorial writer in 1992 for The Sun's Howard County edition.

"He was a strong voice for the paper in Howard County," said Andrew Ratner, director of the paper's suburban editorials.

Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker said, "Kevin was an excellent reporter who never went on assumptions or guesswork. I always had great confidence in him and his reporting.

"He could be tough at times, but that was his job and he was always fair," Mr. Ecker said.

Mr. Thomas was born in Washington and raised in Silver Spring, where he graduated from Blair High School in 1974. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1979 from the University of Maryland, where he was managing editor of the university's campus daily, The Diamondback. He also was managing editor of the Argus, a campus magazine.

After internships at the Bureau of National Affairs and the Washington Star, he joined the Hartford (Conn.) Courant in 1980, covering education and government.

He was a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia, where services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. Saturday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Brenda Jorgensen, whom he married in 1982; a son, Justin A. Thomas; a daughter, Chelsea Aryn Thomas; a step-daughter, Ashley Elissa Reis of Rockville; his parents, Edgar L. Thomas Sr. and Lillian H. Thomas of Silver Spring; and a brother, Edgar L. Thomas Jr. of Columbia. William F. Turner Carroll Sr., a retired savings and loan executive, died Tuesday at his home in Mays Chapel of heart failure. He was 84.

Mr. Carroll retired in 1977 as executive vice president and director of Royal Oak Federal Savings and Loan, which he joined in the early 1950s. Before then, he had been a Federal Home Loan senior examiner. He started his banking career at Fidelity Bank in the early 1930s.

The former Towson and Homeland resident was born and raised in Baltimore and was a 1930 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He also attended the Johns Hopkins University.

He was interested in Maryland history and had an extensive library on the subject.

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

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Marcella Ann Ryan; two sons, William F. T. Carroll Jr. of Towson and Charles R. Carroll of Cockeysville; three daughters, Ann T. Berger of Rodgers Forge, Genevieve B. Duffy of Mays Chapel and Marcella A. Nayden of Bel Air; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

John William Mullin, 68, teacher and businessman

John William "Bill" Mullin, a retired teacher and businessman, died Sunday of cardiac arrest at his Edgewood home. He was 68.

Born in Hummelstown, Pa., he attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., as an undergraduate and earned a master's degree in chemical engineering at Tulsa (Okla.) University. He then earned a master's degree in chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan University.

In 1960, he moved to Edgewood and taught science at Edgewood High School, where he installed portable lights at the school's football field and won a Teacher of the Year award.

He retired from teaching in 1970 and founded Holiday House, a fund-raising company. Over the next 14 years, he opened Carvel ice cream stores, Subway sandwich shops and Chicken George restaurants, first in Edgewood and then in Aberdeen and Havre de Grace.

A son, George C. Mullin II of Bel Air, said the Edgewood Carvel outlet was the first in Harford County. Poor health forced Mr. Mullin to retire in 1984.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Faith Baptist Church, 1305 Joppa Road in Joppa.

Survivors include his wife, the former Betty Elizabeth Woodward, whom he married in 1948; two other sons, Patrick S. Mullin of Bel Air and Michael A. Mullin of Baltimore; three daughters, Susan L. Mullin of Newark, Del., Martha J. Raynor of Bunker Hill, W.Va., and Margaret A. Mullin of Dunedin, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and a great grand-daughter.

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