Academy saying bon voyage to longtime member of community


July 27, 1998|By Melinda Rice | Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MARGARET MILLER -- "Cookie" to her friends -- will leave the Naval Academy this week, more than 70 years after she made her first appearance there.

The soft-spoken Annapolis resident is a Navy brat who was born at the academy.

She left when her father was transferred to another base but returned shortly after World War II as an employee.

After stints in the academy's clinic and supply department, she took time off to raise a family. In 1975, she made her second return to the academy, most recently processing paperwork at the medical clinic. When she leaves this time, it'll be for real, she says.

Bon voyage.

USS Sellers crew sought

Ahoy, anyone who served on the guided missile destroyer USS Sellers.

Retired Navy Vice Adm. John T. Parker is seeking former shipmates for a reunion in Charleston, S.C., Sept. 23-27.

Parker is president of the USS Sellers Association.

Information: Hilton Roberts, USS Sellers Association secretary, 634 N. Quartz St., Gilbert, Ariz. 85234.

Longtime coach is missed

Friends of the late Donald Warren "Hauser" Gardner, a longtime Eastport resident, say Annapolis lost a treasure when the 65-year-old ex-coach died recently.

Born on April 18, 1933, in Washington, D.C., Hauser began his first stint as a football coach at Annapolis' St. Mary's High School in 1960. He was coach for 11 years, and again in the 1981-1982 school year. That gives him more seasons than any other football coach in the school's history. Gardner is a member of the St. Mary's High School Hall of Fame.

After leaving coaching, Gardner worked as a park supervisor for the Annapolis Parks and Recreation Department.

Friends and family joined Mary Ellen Gardner, his wife of almost 37 years, four sons and three daughters Wednesday for his funeral.

The family has requested that anyone who wants to make a donation in Gardner's name do so to the St. Mary's Athletic Association or the American Cancer Society.

Bates High Class of '48

Velma Meachen and Otho Johnson are helping to organize their classmates from the Wiley H. Bates High School Class of 1948 for the class' 50th reunion.

The dinner-dance will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Aug. 7 at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie. Tickets are $25.

Information: 410-768-3376 or 410-266-6744.

Eagle Scout wins scholarship

Annapolis Eagle Scout John Merrill has won one of 12 scholarships awarded this year by the National Eagle Scout Association.

He plans to use the $3,000 award to help pay for his freshman year at Cornell University, where he intends to major in natural resources management.

Pub Date: 7/27/98

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