Frank Pierce Giles, 87, chemical plant supervisorFrank...

November 26, 1996

Frank Pierce Giles, 87, chemical plant supervisor

Frank Pierce Giles, a retired chemical plant supervisor, died Wednesday of a bacterial infection at Johns Hopkins Hospital. ,, He was 87 and lived on Cecil Avenue in East Baltimore.

A native of Hanover County, Va., who left school in the seventh grade to help his family, he came to Baltimore in the late 1920s and worked at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. Sparrows Point plant until 1940, when he got a job at Edgewood Arsenal.

In the early 1950s, he joined Diamond Shamrock Co., a chemical company, and retired as chemical production supervisor in 1967.

He was a member of the East Moulding Republican Club and the Prince Hall Lodge No. 5.

In 1931, he married Catherine Bland, who died in 1986.

He was a member of Faith Baptist Church for more than 60 years and served on the usher board and many committees. Funeral services will be held at 11: 30 a.m. today at the church, Ashland Avenue and Bond Street.

He is survived by a son, Gene A. Giles of Baltimore; a brother, Joseph Giles of Mechanicsville, Va.; two sisters, Estilleana Ridges and Verlanda Crowder, both of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Hugh Knox Higgins, a retired treasurer and vice president of the University of Baltimore, died Nov. 8 of anemia at the Hospice of Baltimore's Gilchrist Center at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Ruxton resident was 88.

His association with the university began when he was a student there and was asked by R. Loran Langsdale, one of the founders of the university in 1925, to manage the school's bookstore.

After earning his bachelor's degree in 1931, he was appointed the school's treasurer and later a vice president. He held both positions when he retired in 1975.

"He contributed much to making what the University of Baltimore is today," said H. Mebane Turner, president of the school. "He was a wonderful friend and mentor to me when I came to the university."

Born in Cambridge, he moved to Cedarcroft in Northeast Baltimore as a child. He attended St. Paul's School and graduated from City College in 1926.

He was a lifelong communicant of Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Baltimore, where he was a member of the vestry and an usher.

He was a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, the Eastern Shore Society, Magna Carta Barons, Sons of Colonial Wars and the Colonial Order of the Crown.

No services were held. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Myra Gill; and a daughter, Ellen Goldsborough Morrison of Baltimore.

Clara Lee Daniels, 65, Postal Service employee

Clara Lee Daniels, a retired U.S. Postal Service employee, died Friday of undetermined causes at Northwest Medical Center in Randallstown. The Pikesville resident was 65.

She worked for the Postal Service in the Baltimore area from 1965 to 1990.

A Baltimore native raised in East Baltimore, the former Clara Dillard was a 1948 graduate of Dunbar High School.

In 1965, she graduated from the former Miracle Valley Bible College in Arizona.

She was a member of the Upper Room Prayer Garden Church in Catonsville, participating in its youth ministry and Sunday school and serving on its board of trustees.

Her marriages to Joseph Day and John Daniels ended in divorce.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. today at Morningstar Baptist Church, 54 Winters Lane, Catonsville.

She is survived by a brother, Rudolph Dillard of Randallstown; two sisters, the Rev. J. D. Dillard of Pikesville and Karen Booker of Baltimore; and four nieces.

Jane Ellen Willey, 81, ran society to help the blind

Jane Ellen Willey, retired executive director of the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Blindness, died Nov. 5 of a heart attack at a hospital in San Diego. She was 81 and had homes there and in Riderwood.

She was executive director of the organization from 1954 until her retirement in 1980.

Earlier, she had taught third grade at the Park School and served as education director for the city Department of Housing.

Born in Hoopeston, Ill., the former Jane Davis moved to Jackson Heights, N.Y., after being orphaned at the age of 10. She graduated from Smith College in 1937.

In 1938, she married Stephen T. Ellen, and they moved to Baltimore in 1946. He died in 1982.

A memorial service for Mrs. Willey will be held at noon Dec. 7 at 1521 Hunters Mill Road in White Hall.

She is survived by her husband of two years, Robert H. Willey; two sons, Stephenson D. Ellen of Redwood City, Calif., and Terence H. Ellen of Wayne, N.J.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Dr. Bertram H. Waskey, 78, osteopathic surgeon

Dr. Bertram Henry Waskey, a retired physician, died Nov. 14 in Troy, Mich., where he had lived since 1988. He was 78.

From 1945 to 1988, Dr. Waskey specialized in osteopathic medicine and surgery in several locations in Baltimore and in Baltimore County.

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