William M. Wood Jr., 77, World War II veteranWilliam M...

September 14, 1996

William M. Wood Jr., 77, World War II veteran

William M. Wood Jr., a former steel company executive and decorated World War II veteran who fought in France, died of a heart attack Sept. 4 at his North Baltimore home. He was 77.

Raised in Roland Park, he graduated in 1937 from Polytechnic Institute and studied engineering at the Johns Hopkins University until enlisting in the Army in 1941.

Mr. Wood landed at Normandy five days after the D-Day invasion and later commanded a field artillery battery as a member of Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and was decorated with the Purple Heart for being wounded twice. He also received the Bronze Star and the European Theater Medal with five battle stars.

After his discharge with the rank of captain, he went to work in 1946 for John J. Greer & Co., a steel distributor. In 1976, when the company was taken over by Worthington Steel Co., he was executive vice president, secretary and a board member. He remained in those positions until retiring in 1981.

Since 1993, he had been a salesman for the Chesapeake Machine Co.

He was a member of numerous civic and social organizations and the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where services were held Sept. 6.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Doris Dell; two sons, William M. Wood III of Pennsauken, N.J., and Timothy E. Wood of Hagerstown; a daughter, Kathryn K. Farmen of Washington, Conn.; two sisters, Lucy Wood Moses of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Nancy Wood Lee of Wilmington, Del.; and four grandchildren.

Melinda M. Crowther, 89, church activist, saleswoman

Melinda M. Crowther, a retired department store sales associate who was active in Methodist church affairs, died Sunday of pneumonia at the Wesley Home in Baltimore. She was 89.

Known as Betty, Mrs. Crowther worked in the men's department of Hutzler Bros. in downtown Baltimore from 1958 to 1964, then at the York Road store of Stewart & Co. until she retired in 1980.

She was born Melinda Mosier in Warrior Run, Pa., and raised there. In 1929, she married Harry Crowther, a plumber. They lived in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., until 1941, when they settled in Middle River. He died in 1970.

Mrs. Crowther was a former member of Orems United Methodist Church, North Avenue United Methodist Church and Bethesda United Methodist Church. She moved to the Wesley Home in 1983. She served on many church committees and was a volunteer at the Wesley Home and Maryland General Hospital.

Services were held Wednesday.

She is survived by two sons, Walter Crowther of Monkton and Fred Crowther of White Marsh; two daughters, Jacqueline Crowther of Baltimore and Audrey Moltz of Towson; a brother, John Stout of Hawley, Pa; two sisters, Edith Garrison of Wilkes-Barre and Ella Newberry of Dallas, Pa.; and four grandchildren.

Pub Date: 9/14/96

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