Mitchell E. Gesker,79, a retired Army systems analyst...

November 24, 1996

Mitchell E. Gesker,79, a retired Army systems analyst, died Monday of undetermined causes at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Mr. Gesker of Catonsville enlisted in 1936. During World War II, he served in Europe with the Office of Strategic Services. He was discharged in 1951 with the rank of captain.

He became a civilian employee of the Army at Fort Meade and retired as a systems analyst in 1978.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Services were held Friday.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Josephine M. Whitty; two sons, Michael P. Gesker of Owings Mills and Joseph M. Gesker of Fairfax, Va.; and five grandchildren.

William Aquinas Thompson,80, a retired Martin Marietta Corp. general foreman and consultant who worked on the development of jet aircraft thrust reversers and the B-1 bomber, died of cancer Nov. 17 at his Baynesville home.

He began his career in 1940 with Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River. After he retired in 1985, he was a consultant to Martin Marietta for five years.

The Baltimore native and graduate of Polytechnic Institute served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Marine Corps in the late 1930s.

He was a communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday.

His wife, the former Elisabeth "Beth" Schneider, died in 1984.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas A. Thompson of Gardenville, Timothy A. Thompson of Stevenson and Theodore A. Thompson of Bel Air; four brothers, Charles J. Thompson and Donald E. Thompson, both of Parkville, James J. Thompson of Parkton and Michael W. Thompson of Hanover, Pa.; seven sisters, Anne T. Mankus, Genevieve T. Reif, and Patricia T. Miles, all of Parkville, Martha T. Smith of Annapolis, Mary T. Foy of Ellicott City, Rose T. DiVenti of Govans and Catherine T. Colleran of Severna Park; two grandchildren; and a special friend, Patricia Thaler of Towson.

Dorothy M. Dubey,86, a retired Realtor, died Nov. 16 at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from surgery. The Lutherville resident began her career in 1958 with Bernard Talley & Co., and retired last year from the Timonium office of Coldwell Banker Grempler Realty.

She was born Dorothy Madden in Meriden, Conn., and was raised there. She was married in 1941 to Philip J. Dubey, an executive with Travelers Insurance Co. who was transferred to Baltimore in 1948.

Until last year, Mrs. Dubey would swim at least a mile daily at the Dulaney Valley Cabana Club.

She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday.

In addition to her husband, survivors include three sons, Dr. William M. Dubey of Lutherville, and Brian M. and Philip S. Dubey, both of Baltimore; and three sisters, Mary G. Maher of Exeter, N.H., and Vernal I. Madden and Mildred M. Griswold, both of Meriden.

Garrett O. Billmire Sr.,92, a retired engineer who had been in charge of construction for the state Department of General Services, died of heart failure Nov. 17 at Union Hospital in Elkton.

The Phoenix resident retired in 1976 after nearly 40 years with the state. He was named chief engineer in 1951 by Gov. William Preston Lane. He oversaw construction of the Maryland pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair in New York.

Born in Garrett County, Mr. Billmire moved to Baltimore as a child and, in 1923, graduated from Polytechnic Institute. As an Army engineer called to active duty in 1940, he was quartermaster in charge of construction at the Curtis Bay Ordnance Depot. He also had wartime service in the Pacific and was discharged as a lieutenant colonel in 1947.

His son, Garrett O. Billmire Jr., died in 1994. The senior Mr. Billmire is survived by his wife of 71 years, the former Madolyn Layfield; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held Thursday.

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