Harry Kenneth Miller Sr., 81, postal supervisorHarry...

July 04, 1998

Harry Kenneth Miller Sr., 81, postal supervisor

Harry Kenneth Miller Sr., a retired postal supervisor who once carried a revolver as an armed carrier on mail trains, died Wednesday of heart failure in his Cockeysville home. He was 81.

A native of Hereford, Mr. Miller graduated from Sparks High School in northern Baltimore County in 1933, then attended Baltimore Business College. He was a driver for a Towson lumber company in 1941 when he was drafted into the Army Air Corps.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Mr. Miller was sent to California, where he was trained to drop bombs. But that wasn't enough for him.

"He said if he was going to be in that plane, he was going to fly it," said his sister, Fern Vosseler of Hereford. He was quickly trained as a bomber pilot, but remained stationed in California, where he taught scores of other young pilots. On furlough in 1944, he returned to Baltimore and married his childhood sweetheart, Estelle Wilson.

Mr. Miller was discharged with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1945, when he served as commander of Murock Army Base, now Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Mr. Miller and his wife settled in Cockeysville, and he began a career in the Postal Service, carrying a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver on the railway mail service. He later became a shift supervisor at the parcel post office in Baltimore.

Mr. Miller retired in 1978 and was a real estate manager until last year, when he suffered a stroke.

He enjoyed boating, crab feasts and vacationing with his grandchildren.

Services were held yesterday.

In addition to his wife and sister, Mr. Miller is survived by three sons, C. Dennis Miller of Towson, H. Kenneth Miller Jr. of Saline, Mich., and R. Bruce Miller of Cockeysville; a brother, E. Leon Miller of Parkville; and five grandsons.

Walter R. Young, 79, Jesuit, studied nursing

Brother Walter R. Young, S.J., who studied nursing and was formerly stationed at Manresa, the Jesuit retreat house near Annapolis, died June 23 of respiratory failure at CIVISTA Hospital in La Plata. He was 79.

Brother Young had lived at the Loyola Retreat House in Faulkner, Charles County, since Manresa closed in 1993. Earlier, he had been assigned to the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Wernersville, Pa.

The native of Cranberry, Carroll County, served in the Army during World War II.

He studied nursing at Xavier University in Cincinnati and was 44 when he entered the Society of Jesus in 1964. He took his final vows in 1975.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered June 26.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Eleanor G. Bartlett Therien, 76, librarian, historian

Eleanor Goldsborough Bartlett Therien, a retired Carroll County librarian and family historian, died in her Westminster home Monday of kidney failure. She was 76.

Mrs. Therien was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and was reared in Easton. She graduated from Easton High School in 1939 and George School, a prep school near Philadelphia, in 1940. She graduated four years later from Hollins College in Roanoke, Va., with a bachelor's degree in biology.

After graduation, she did cancer research for the Johns Hopkins University Medical School, then worked in the biochemistry department of the University of Maryland Medical School until 1955.

In 1958, she married Warren Louis Therien and moved to Carroll County the following year, when she began a career as a librarian in the public schools. She obtained a master's degree in library science from Western Maryland College in 1976 and retired from North Carroll Middle School in the early 1980s.

She researched and wrote a series of books about her family history. In 1968, she helped establish the American Indian Study Center in Fells Point.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Therien is survived by three daughters, Dorothy Goldsborough Carpenter and Susanne Bartlett Weaverling, both of Westminster, and Michele Levesque Willoughby of Falls Church, Va.; a brother, Thomas Bartlett of Easton; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service and burial will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Spring Hill Cemetery in Easton.

Contributions can be made to Third Haven Friends Meeting, 405 S. Washington St., Easton 21601; or the Nature Conservancy, 2 Wisconsin Circle, Suite 300, Chevy Chase 20815

Gerald Lee Grant, 59, politician, campaigner

Gerald Lee Grant, former politician and Democratic campaigner, died Monday of cancer in his Friendship home. He was 59.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Grant joined the Air Force after getting a General Educational Development diploma in 1955. His political career began in Adams County, Colo., in the mid-1960s when he was elected president of the Young Democrats of Colorado and was an aide to a U.S. congressman from Colorado.

A few years later, he was elected to the district attorney's office in Adams County, then district commissioner, and by the mid-1970s he became campaign manager and chief of staff to a U.S. senator from Colorado. In the mid-1980s, he served in the same capacity for former U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen, a Maryland Democrat.

He also worked on election campaigns for President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore and Gov. Parris N. Glendening. Mr. Grant enjoyed vacationing in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and caring for his two Yorkshire terriers.

A memorial service was held Thursday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Susan Ford, whom he married in 1982; two sons, Richard Grant of Bel Air and Robert Grant of Denver; a daughter, Julie Jewell of Brant, Mich.; his parents, John and Lillie Conti of Glen Burnie; and a brother, Peter Grant of Corning, N.Y.

Pub Date: 7/04/98

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