Abraham Vereide, 69, insurance claims managerAbraham...

May 25, 1998

Abraham Vereide, 69, insurance claims manager

Abraham Vereide, a retired insurance company claims manager, died of cancer Wednesday at home in Annapolis. He was 69.

The Seattle native graduated from American University in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in economics and served in the Army for two years.

He married Martha Bert in 1954, and the couple lived in Harrisburg and Scranton, Pa., before moving to Annapolis in 1973.

Mr. Vereide began his career as a claims manager with Nationwide Insurance in 1954 and worked in the company's Annapolis office from 1973 until 1986, when he retired. From 1986 to 1989, he was assistant manager of the Willowbank Hotel in Bermuda, of which his father had been a co-founder.

He was a member and elder at Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 710 Ridgely Ave. in Annapolis, where services will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife; a son, Kevin Vereide of Woodstock; two daughters, Sharon Fenton of Severna Park and Colleen Weber of Arnold; a brother, Milton Vereide of Seattle; and seven grandchildren.

Francis X. Dooley, 79, Koppers Co. accountant

Francis X. Dooley, a retired Koppers Co. accountant, died Friday of a heart attack at his Glen Burnie home. He was 79.

Mr. Dooley began his career in 1940 in the business department at Koppers and retired in 1979.

The Linthicum native graduated from Glen Burnie High School in 1936. During World War II, he served in the infantry and was wounded in France. He was awarded a Purple Heart and discharged in 1946 with the rank of private.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a communicant of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 7437 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Glen Burnie, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Aileen Lynch, whom he married in 1940; three sons, Dennis Dooley of Spartanburg, S.C., Timothy Dooley of Catonsville and Kevin Dooley of Arnold; a daughter, Mary Patricia Dooley of San Francisco; two sisters, ,, Angela Clark and Lee Davison, both of Linthicum; and two grandchildren.

Marie E. Anderson, 72, GBMC nurse, volunteer

Marie E. Anderson, a retired nurse and volunteer, died Thursday of cancer at her Homeland residence. She was 72.

Mrs. Anderson was a registered nurse at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center for 20 years and retired in the late 1980s.

She was a longtime volunteer at Keswick Multi-Care Center and organized the nursing facility's annual fall fashion show fund-raiser, in which she also was a model.

The former Marie Zirkelbach-Hardy was born in Ridgeway, Ill., and earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Chicago's Grant Hospital Nursing School in 1947.

In 1948, she married Roy William Anderson Sr., and they moved to Baltimore in 1970, when he was named general manager of the News American newspaper. He died in 1988.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road.

She is survived by a son, Roy W. "Bill" Anderson Jr. of Rodgers Forge; two daughters, Cynthia M. Hart of Pasadena and Donna S. Ryan of Severna Park; a brother, Lane Zirkelbach of Lucedale, Miss.; two sisters, Juanita Opalecky of Chicago and Irene Hammel of Louisville, Ky.; and six grandchildren.

Thomas E. Dawson Jr., 77, Fort Meade service director

Thomas E. Dawson Jr., who was director of services at Fort Meade for 32 years, died Friday of cancer at Severn House Condominium in Annapolis, where he had lived since 1989. He was 77.

The former 27-year resident of Severna Park began working at Fort Meade in 1941 and oversaw the commissary, laundry and other services. He retired in 1973.

He worked at Dawson's Country Store in Severna Park, owned by his uncle, Cliff Dawson, from 1973 until 1988 and then at the Ace Hardware store in Severna Park until last year.

The Annapolis native graduated from high school there in 1940 and was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club.

He was a longtime member of Davidsonville United Methodist Church, 819 Central Ave., where services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Betty Phelps; a daughter, Cynthia Dawson of Annapolis; and a sister, Cherie D. Cannon of Washington.

DeCourcy W. Orrick Jr., 79, NASA technology specialist

DeCourcy W. Orrick Jr., a former Roland Park resident and retired NASA specialist in technology utilization, died Thursday of respiratory failure at his home in Naples, Fla. He was 79.

The Baltimore native graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., in 1936 and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in 1940.

His career spanned nearly 50 years, starting in 1940 with Emerson Electric Co., a St. Louis manufacturer of aircraft gun turrets.

During World War II, he served with the Overseas Division of the Office of War Information in London, and then worked in the Navy Sales Department of the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

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