Ronald H. Walt, 51, department store managerRonald H...

January 24, 1998

Ronald H. Walt, 51, department store manager

Ronald H. Walt, a manager for Marshall's Department Store, died Dec. 23 of complications from AIDS at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 51.

He joined Marshall's in 1992 and retired because of medical disability in 1995.

The 30-year Baltimore resident began his retail career as an assistant manager for Sears Roebuck and Co. in 1970. He became manager of the Young's Men's Store at Harford Mall in 1975. He also worked at Macy's and Eagle Clothes.

The native of Harrisburg, Pa., moved to Aberdeen in 1956 and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1965. He studied accounting at Harford Community College and Strayer's Business College.

He was a volunteer with Moveable Feast, a nonprofit agency that prepares and takes meals to patients homebound with acquired immune deficiency syndrome or the human immunodeficiency virus.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Port Deposit Presbyterian Church, on Route 222.

His companion of 16 years, Robert Stone, died in 1994.

He is survived by five brothers, Kenneth J. Walt of Baltimore, Charles E. Walt III of Sicklerville, N.J., James R. Walt Sr. of Clayton, Del., Richard E. Walt of Seabrook, Texas, and Joseph R. Walt Sr. of Glendale, Ariz.; and a sister, Debra I. Walt-Christian of Port Deposit.

Thomas W. McElhiney, 78, career diplomat, U.N. official

Thomas W. McElhiney, a retired career diplomat and former United Nations official who lived in Annapolis, died Jan. 17 at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications after surgery. He was 78.

Mr. McElhiney was ambassador to Ghana from 1968 to 1971 under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.

In 1971, he was appointed inspector general of the Foreign Service. He held that position until 1974, when he became deputy commissioner general for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees.

He became the agency's commissioner general in 1977 and retired in 1979.

Mr. McElhiney was born in West Union, W. Va., and spent his early years there and in New York City before moving to Mount Washington in the late 1920s. He was a 1937 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor's degree in history from the Johns Hopkins University in 1941.

After World War II broke out, he served four years with the Army Corps of Engineers in Iceland and Fort Belvoir, Va. He was discharged in 1946 as a lieutenant.

He was a communicant of St. Anne Episcopal Church, Church Circle in Annapolis, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Helen L. Lippincott; two sons, Richard McElhiney and Robert McElhiney, both of New York; a daughter, Townley McElhiney of Arlington, Va.; and four grandchildren.

Pub Date: 1/24/98

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