Dr. Donald H. Hooker, 87, combat surgeonDr. Donald...

April 07, 1996

Dr. Donald H. Hooker, 87, combat surgeon

Dr. Donald Houghton Hooker, a Baltimore native who was a combat zone staff surgeon with a Johns Hopkins Hospital Unit during World War II, died March 31 of pneumonia and heart failure at his home in Boca Grande, Fla. The former Annapolis resident was 87.

Born at Mount Vernon Place, he moved to Roland Park as a child and graduated in 1928 from Gilman School. He was a cousin of actress Katharine Hepburn.

He attended Princeton University, where his major was pre-med, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1932.

At Princeton, he was a member of the Triangle Club and the Ivy Club, and was president of the student body.

He attended Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he graduated in 1936 with a medical degree. At Hopkins, he was a member of the Pithotomy Club.

After an internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he moved to Detroit in 1937, where he was a resident at Henry Ford Hospital.

In 1942, he joined the Johns Hopkins Hospital Unit 118 of the Army Medical Corps as a surgeon in the Pacific Theater, serving nearly four years in Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and New Guinea.

Dr. William E. Grose, a retired surgeon who served with Dr. Hooker, said: "He wasn't a flamboyant surgeon, but rather a sound and meticulous one. He was a marvelous example of what a real doctor should be.

"He was the kind of doctor who could never say no to anyone," said Dr. Grose of Roland Park. "He always exuded good humor and plenty of goodwill."

Dr. Walter R. Buck, a longtime friend who served with the 118th's companion unit, which was assigned to the Fiji Islands, said, "He was a great, big, nice guy and a really good man and a good surgeon." While serving in the Philippines and New Guinea, Dr. Hooker worked at a field hospital and performed surgery on Japanese soldiers as well as wounded Americans, said his son, Donald Houghton Hooker II of Baltimore,

"His profession was to save lives," the son said.

Dr. Hooker was discharged in 1946 with the rank of major.

Returning home, he practiced general surgery in Annapolis until 1955, when he became assistant chief of thoracic surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital, then on Loch Raven Boulevard.

He held that post until retiring in 1978.

He and his wife, the former Mary Green "Greenie" Harrison, whom he married in 1937, moved to Boca Grande in 1978.

Dr. Hooker was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the teaching staff at the Johns Hopkins Medical School.

In Boca Grande, he was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

A memorial service will be held April 19 in Boca Grande.

In addition to his wife and son, survivors include two other sons, James Harrison Hooker of Phoenix, Ariz., and Edmund Harrison Hooker of Glen Ridge, N.J.; a daughter, Mary Green Hooker Hanssen of Salt Lake City; three sisters, Beatrice Marty of Baltimore; Edith Ilmanen of New Haven, Conn., and Elizabeth Storke of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and 10 grandchildren.

His oldest daughter, Elizabeth Hooker Slaughter, died in 1988.

Larry Leland Bayne Sr., 51, NSA computer scientist

Larry Leland Bayne Sr., who retired in 1992 after a 30-year career with the National Security Agency, where he was a senior computer scientist, died March 29 of congestive heart failure at Howard County General Hospital. He was 51.

Mr. Bayne, much of whose work was classified, designed computer systems and supervised military and civilian personnel. He was recruited by the agency after he graduated in 1962 from Brooklyn Park High School.

He studied cryptology, computer science, business administration and Russian at several schools, including NSA's National Cryptologic School.

Mr. Bayne received many commendations and awards, including NSA's Cryptologic Service Award for work "of inestimable value to this agency."

Born in Baltimore and raised in Brooklyn Park, Mr. Bayne of Glen Burnie enjoyed working with computers at home writing programs and working on high performance automobiles. He attended auto races and was an avid model builder of radio-controlled airplanes, cars and boats. He also enjoyed camping with his son, Larry L. Bayne Jr. of Glen Burnie, who survives him.

His 1969 marriage to the former Deena Sykes ended in divorce.

Services were held Tuesday at McCully Funeral Home in Brooklyn.

Other survivors include a brother, Jerry Bayne of Baltimore; and a sister, Rosemary Swier of Pasadena.

W. Charles Meagher, 75, railroad worker

W. Charles Meagher, 75, a longtime railroad worker, died Thursday of complications of Alzheimer's disease at Keswick Home in Baltimore. Born and raised in Baltimore, he attended St. Dominic School in Hamilton, before leaving in the sixth grade to go to work after his father died.

In 1943, he married the former Mary Regina "Jean" Smith. They lived in the city and Essex before moving to Hamilton in 1963. Mr. Meagher was a yard master at the Penn Mary, Bay View and other yards of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad before retiring in 1981.

During his retirement, he recycled aluminum cans and used the proceeds to buy toys for needy children at Christmastime.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9: 30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, 5302 Harford Road.

Other survivors include three sons, William Meagher Jr. of Baltimore, Bernard Meagher of Hunt Valley and Richard Meagher of Frederick; two daughters, Barbara Hill of Baltimore and Jane Smith of New Freedom, Pa.; three brothers, Joseph Meagher of Dulaney Valley, James Meagher of Salisbury and Francis Meagher of Baltimore; a sister, Mary E. Klarman of Perry Hall; and 11 grandchildren.

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