Dorothy Speer, 94, educator, missionaryDorothy Speer, a...

March 27, 1996

Dorothy Speer, 94, educator, missionary

Dorothy Speer, a retired Baltimore City educator who had been a Methodist teaching missionary in Lucknow, India, died Saturday of heart failure at Calvary Fellowship Home in Lancaster, Pa., where she lived for nearly nine years. She was 94.

The Baltimore native graduated from Goucher College with honors in 1923 and was a secondary schoolteacher in the city until 1926, when she began postgraduate work at the Johns Hopkins University, earning her doctorate in 1929.

That year, she became a teaching missionary at the Isabella Thoburn College in Lucknow. After six years, failing health forced her return to the United States.

She became a counselor at Patterson Park High School, then a supervisor of guidance counselors at city school headquarters before retiring in 1967, said her nephew, the Rev. William R. Speer of Vineland, N.J.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Schimunek Funeral Home, 3331 Brehms Lane.

She is survived by several other nephews, nieces and grandnephews and grandnieces.

Steven R. Grutkowski, 34, restaurant chain official

Steven R. Grutkowski, a native Baltimorean who was an official of the Taco Bell restaurant chain, died March 20 of injuries he suffered in a snowmobile accident while vacationing in Steamboat Springs, Colo. He was 34 and lived in Merion Station, Pa.

Since 1991, he had been Taco Bell's Northeast zone manager of operations and was responsible for 500 stores.

Known as Rex, he was a 1979 graduate of Calvert Hall College, where he was a member of the band. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Catholic University of America in 1983 and a master's degree in business from the University of North Carolina in 1989.

Interested in architecture and historic preservation, he was a member of the Young Friends of Boathouse Row in Philadelphia, where he raised money to preserve the Victorian boathouses that line the Schuylkill River. He also was a former commissioner of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park and was a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10: 30 a.m. today at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 4420 Frankford Ave.

He is survived by his parents, Cornel and Shirley Grutkowski of Forest Hill; two brothers, Jeffrey R. Grutkowski and Mark J. Grutkowski, both of Roland Park; several aunts and uncles and many cousins. A brother, Michael C. Grutkowski, died in 1973.

Milton M. Turner, a retired postal employee, died Thursday of a heart attack at his Bare Hills residence in North Baltimore. He was 86.

He joined the U.S. Postal Service in the early 1940s and retired in 1978 as a letter carrier assigned to the state office complex on Preston Street.

Born on the Eastern Shore, he came to Baltimore as a child and graduated from Douglass High School in 1931. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from then-Morgan State College in 1935 and taught in segregated schools on the Eastern Shore before joining the postal service.

He served in the Army from 1942 until 1948, when he was discharged as a sergeant.

He was a member of St. Katherine of Alexandria Episcopal Church, the Daytimers retirees club and the Pleasant View Civic Association.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynn Falls Parkway.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Mary V. Spriggs; a son, John M. Turner of Baltimore; and a grandson.

William B. Matthews III, 72, automobile salesman

William B. Matthews III, a retired automobile salesman and longtime Hyattsville resident, died Sunday at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park of a heart ailment. He was 72.

Mr. Matthews was associated with Palmer Ford in Hyattsville for many years and retired in the early 1970s.

The Baltimore native was a 1941 graduate of Boys' Latin School. During World War II, he was an Army infantryman in the Pacific and was awarded three Bronze Stars. He was discharged as a staff sergeant in 1946.

Mr. Matthews was a member of American Legion Post 136, the Veterans Foreign Wars in Greenbelt and Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, 1006 Larch Ave. in Takoma Park, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Antoinette Keller; two sons, William B. Matthews IV of Takoma Park and James H. Matthews of Elkridge; four daughters, Pamela O'Connor of Washington, Kathryn Harrington of Prince Frederick and C. Elizabeth Thomas and Mary Matthews, both of Fredericksburg, Va.; and 14 grandchildren.

` Pub date: 3/27/96.

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