Frank Ronald Paul, 81, owned dry cleanersFrank Ronald...

September 01, 1996

Frank Ronald Paul, 81, owned dry cleaners

Frank Ronald Paul, owner of a chain of dry cleaning businesses in Baltimore who was paralyzed in 1981 after being shot during a robbery, died June 18 of heart failure at Keswick Home in Roland Park. He was 81.

The shooting, which left Mr. Paul paralyzed below the waist, "changed his whole life," said his wife of 45 years, the former Madeline Brodsky of Baltimore.

"Amazingly, he still had a really positive outlook on life," she said.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Paul graduated from City College and, in 1932, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He and his brother, Albert, who is deceased, opened Peabody Pharmacy on Calvert Street near the Johns Hopkins University, but sold the business when Frank Paul enlisted in the Navy in 1943.

When he returned from World War II, Mr. Paul and his brother opened Paul Brothers Cleaners Inc. in Parkville. They also

opened other branches, but later sold all but the one in which the shooting later took place.

Mr. Paul enjoyed mystery novels, spending time with his children and grandchildren and playing cards. He was also active in the alumni board for City College.

Private services were held June 24.

Other survivors include two sons, Eric M. Paul of Mobile, Ala., and Marc R. Paul of Springfield, Va.; two sisters, Cecelia Yospy of Rockville and Hilda Rosenheim of Baltimore; and four grandsons.

Rev. James W. Merchant, 77, Methodist minister

The Rev. James William Merchant, a retired Methodist minister and former Air National Guard chaplain, died Aug. 24 of a heart attack at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was 77 and lived in Walkersville.

Mr. Merchant retired in 1984 from Rockland United Methodist Church in Howard County, ending a career that began in 1943. A minister in the Washington-Baltimore Conference of the United Methodist Church, he also served parishes in Western Maryland, Anne Arundel County and Baltimore.

The native of Uvilla, W.Va., earned a bachelor's degree at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., and was a 1942 graduate of the Duke University School of Divinity.

He was an Army chaplain during World War II and an Air Force chaplain during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1968.

He was married for 51 years to the former Emely Wilson, who died in 1995.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at Walkersville United Methodist Church, 20 Main St.

He is survived by three sons, D. Wesley Merchant of Frederick, Robert W. Merchant of Nazareth, Pa., and Dr. James Merchant of Lincoln, Neb.; two daughters, Emely E. Phelps of Frederick and Catherine Franklin of Montclair, Va.; a brother, Donald Merchant of Cambridge; and 10 grandchildren.

John G. Cady, 82, soil conservationist

John G. Cady, a soil conservationist who lectured in pedology at the Johns Hopkins University until his retirement in 1993, died Monday of complications from a stroke at Carroll County General Hospital. He was 82.

Born in Seneca Falls, N.Y., Dr. Cady got his doctorate in forest soils and geology from Cornell University in 1941. His early career included service in the Military Geology Unit of the U.S. Geological Survey team in Washington.

After World War II, he performed microscopic and radiographic studies of soils and fertilizer for the Department of Agriculture's soil conservation services. He later went to the Belgian Congo as chief liaison at the Belgian Agricultural Research Institute.

In 1971, he moved to Baltimore, where for 23 years he taught physical geography and pedology -- the study of soils -- at Johns Hopkins' Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.

Dr. Cady was a visiting professor at the University of California Riverside, Oregon State University and University of Hawaii. He was a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Geological Society of America, and a member of Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.

After he retired, Dr. Cady and his wife of 56 years, the former Virginia Nelson, moved to Sykesville.

Private services will be held Oct. 4 in Lakemont, N.Y.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Cady is survived by his brother, Russell G. Cady of Sykesville; and five nieces and nephews.

Correction

Gerard Vincent Neale: An obituary in yesterday's editions of The Sun gave an incorrect date for a Mass of resurrection being offered for Gerard Vincent Neale, a social worker and a tenor who sang with the Baltimore Municipal Opera Company. The Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The Sun regrets the error.

Pub Date: 9/01/96

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