Anna Lee Ray, 72, Union Trust Bank officerAnna Lee Ray, a...

November 10, 1996

Anna Lee Ray, 72, Union Trust Bank officer

Anna Lee Ray, a retired officer of Union Trust Bank and a Dundalk resident for more than 50 years, died at her home Thursdayof congestive heart failure. She was 72.

Born Anna Lee in West Virginia and raised in Garrett County, she attended a one-room school in the community of Red House. She moved to Baltimore in 1941 and went to work for Union Trust as a teller in 1952. She retired as an assistant vice president in 1984.

Twice divorced, she was married in 1967 to George Ray, a retired Army officer who died in 1984. She was fond of gardening and canning.

She is survived by three daughters, Margaret Ripkin of Dundalk, Cynthia Schuman of Sykesville and Sylvia Bellamy of Nashville, Tenn; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk, 7922 Wise Ave.

Dr. Michael Chopek, 48, Red Cross lab director

Dr. Michael Chopek, director of the Red Cross' National Histocompatibility Laboratory at the University of Maryland Medical Center, died Oct. 31 of a heart attack at George Washington Medical Center in Washington. He was 48 and a resident of Georgetown.

Dr. Chopek, who was widely known and published, was considered an expert in the fields of transfusion medicine and transplantation.

Born and raised in Boston, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1969 from Harvard University and a medical degree in 1974 from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He also studied at the University of Minnesota Department of Pathology.

He was appointed director and acting laboratory head of the Red Cross facility in 1994 and was named laboratory director and chief executive officer in August.

A memorial service will be at 1: 30 p.m. Wednesday at the Shock Trauma Auditorium, University of Maryland Medical System, 22 S. Greene St. in Baltimore.

He is survived by his mother, Stephanie Chopek of Stoughton, Mass.; two sisters, Linda Chopek of Chicago and Joanne Mancini of Hingham, Mass.; and three nephews.

E. Richard Gerety, 65, a former resident of Bel Air and former vice president of the Home Products Division of Black & Decker Corp., died of cancer Oct. 27 at his home in Blowing Rock, N.C. Services were held Oct. 31.

He retired in 1994 as president of Gutman Cutlery-Edge Imports in Mount Vernon, N.Y. He had worked for Black & Decker from 1959 until 1978.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lucy Velez; five sons, Mark R. Gerety of Elkton, Timothy J. Gerety of New Freedom, Pa., Christopher A. Gerety of Bel Air, James P. Gerety of Annapolis and Richard E. Gerety of Abingdon; a daughter, Ellin E. Gerety of Baltimore; a brother, John Gerety of Columbia; and eight grandchildren.

William P. Hill, 87, a former assistant general manager of the Sparrows Point plant of Bethlehem Steel Corp., died of cancer Oct. 27 at his home in Lewes, Del.

He retired in 1973 as senior vice president for technology of National Steel Corp. in Pittsburgh. The native of Rehoboth Beach, Del., was a 1933 graduate of the University of Delaware and later studied at the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland and Lehigh University.

His wife, the former Bertha D. Brittingham, died in 1992. He is survived by a son, D. Gregory Hill of Michigan City, Ind.; a brother, Edward R. Hill of Rehoboth Beach; a sister, Edith Wilhelm of Philadelphia; and a grandson. Services were held Oct. 31 in Lewes.

John Durham Jr., 73, a retired forklift operator, died Thursday of complications from congestive heart failure at his home in Elizabeth, N.J.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Roberta Bowers; five daughters, including Linda Blanchard of Ellicott City; three sons; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Wednesday in Elizabeth.

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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