The explosion that obliterated a Trans World Airlines jet over Long Island, N.Y., Wednesday took the lives of at least four Marylanders as well as a highly regarded composer who graduated from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore.
Relatives and friends confirmed that Bel Air resident Paula Carven, 42; her 9-year-old son, Jay; James Hurd III, 29, the manager of a family automotive shop in Glen Burnie; and 28-year-old Pamela Crandell, a first-grade teacher in Crownsville were among the 230 aboard the TWA flight.
Also dead is David Hogan, a Virginia-born composer based in Paris who earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Peabody in the 1970s and was well-known in Baltimore's classical music community.
A 71-year-old Little Italy woman, Maria Gramaglia, would have been on the plane but for a last-minute decision by her daughters that put the High Street resident on an earlier flight that took her safely to her native Italy. "You just don't know what's in store for you," said Gramaglia's daughter, Antoinette Crofoot of Hunt Valley. "I breathed a sigh of relief when I found out she was safe, but I'm still grieving for those people."
Paula Carven was one of those people, a 1972 graduate of Bel Air High School who made her living in the air.
A TWA flight attendant, she had lived in cities across the United States before returning to live with her mother in Bel Air, her hometown. Carven had strong misgivings about the safety of flying, especially on small commuter planes.
Because of those misgivings, she often drove to New York for assignments and had lately started selling real estate between flights, exploring a career that would keep her on the ground and give her more time with her son, Jay. He was remembered as a happy, blond-haired child who kept track of his mother's air travels on his home computer.
The hectic, sometimes unsettling life of airline work did allow Carven to take a trip to Europe this summer with other flight attendants and their children. It would have been Jay's first trip to Europe.
"It's very painful to hear," said Mary Dawn Dumm, an art teacher at Ring Factory Elementary School, where Jay Carven went to school. "Jay was intelligent and bright. He especially loved whales."
Therese M. Redmond, an associate broker at Century 21 Realty in Bel Air and a longtime neighbor of the Carvens, said Paula had dreamed of being a flight attendant since she was a child.
Redmond, who hired Carven a half-year ago, said: "I watched her grow up She was absolutely dynamic here. Success was written all over her face. Her future was very bright."
News of the tragedy spread quickly in Bel Air. At an 8: 30 a.m. Mass at St. Margaret's Roman Catholic Church, where Carven's family worshipped, Father Thomas Malia urged communicants to a sign of hope for one another."
Carven's mother, Ann Carven, left home early yesterday with dental records to help investigators in New York identify her daughter and grandson.
In Glen Burnie, relatives of James "Jamie" Hurd III, 29, were frustrated by the lack of information available from TWA regarding the death of the young manager of Hurd's Auto and Truck Service, 7505 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
Hurd's half-brother, Larry Golden who owns an auto shop in Pasadena, flew to New York yesterday to find out more.
"He was on the flight, probably by himself," said fellow Hurd employee Walt Choinski, who described his boss as a tall, outgoing softball player.
In Anne Arundel County, a public school spokeswoman said Pamela Crandell had just completed her first year of teaching at South Shore Elementary. The school's principal telephoned the young woman's fellow teachers yesterday after being told by a Crandell family member that she was on Flight 800.
"She was young, full of energy, really very interested in the kids," said Karen Liston, president of the South Shore Parent Teacher Association. "She didn't just stand around at playground duty, she was always playing with the kids."
Fellow Peabody graduate Pamela Quist described the death of composer David Hogan by saying "the world is much poorer today."
Hogan, 47, the oldest of eight children who grew up on a farm in Manassas, Va., blossomed in Baltimore as a multitalented musician with a keen interest in passing on his knowledge to young people.
"He was probably one of the loveliest, kindest, gentlest human beings I ever knew," said Quist. "He was extremely humble and yet, as I came to find out, he was far and away one of the most talented musicians I've ever known and I've moved in some fairly elite circles."
She said: "Hoagie hummed or whistled his way through life. Music seeped out of every pore."
The father of a teen-age daughter, Hogan was a composer, a tenor, an organist, and a choir director who also played the bassoon. Along with Quist and Lynn Hebden, one of his former instructors, he also helped found the Walden School for Young Composers, a summer program in New Hampshire.