Joseph Sinclair Wiles, 84, vaccination gun inventorJoseph...

November 25, 1998

Joseph Sinclair Wiles, 84, vaccination gun inventor

Joseph Sinclair Wiles, former chief of the chemical toxicology branch at Aberdeen Proving Ground and inventor of the injection pistol, died of heart failure Thursday at St. Agnes Nursing Home in Ellicott City. He was 84.

He began his career as a biologist in the medical research laboratory at Edgewood Arsenal in 1946, which was merged into APG.

While at APG, he wrote widely on toxicology and, in 1971, received a patent for his vaccination gun, or injection pistol. Family members said he developed the device after being bitten many times by laboratory research animals and wanting to be able to inoculate himself quickly against disease.

He retired in 1979 and was a consultant to the National Academy of Science.

Before moving to Ellicott City several years ago, he was a resident of Rosemont for more than 20 years, where he was president of the neighborhood association.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Morris Brown College in Atlanta in 1941. He then served as an Army medic in Europe and the Pacific during World War II. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict and was discharged in 1954.

He was a communicant of St. James Episcopal Church in Baltimore, where services were held yesterday .

He is survived by his wife, the former Esther Ogburn, whom he married in 1945; two daughters, Carmen Artis-Hammel of Morristown, N.J., and Carole Gibson of Piscataway, N.J.; three brothers, Percy Wiles, Edmund Wiles and Harold Wiles, all of Long Island, N.Y.; and four grandchildren. Charles Robinson Jr., a retired probation officer with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, died of cancer Monday at Maryland General Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 59.

He retired from the agency in the early 1990s after many years of service.

The Baltimore native earned a bachelor's degree from Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C., and a master's degree from Coppin State College.

Mr. Robinson enjoyed playing cards and watching football, and was a member of the Left Bank Jazz Society.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at Leroy O. Dyett Funeral Home, 4600 Liberty Heights Ave.

He is survived by a daughter, Lisa Robinson of Aberdeen; and his mother, Jannie Parks of Baltimore.

Willie T. Scriven, 85, laborer, maintenance worker

Willie T. Scriven, a former laborer and maintenance worker, died Thursday of complications resulting from a blood clot at St. Agnes HealthCare. The West Baltimore resident was 85.

The native of Lumber Bridge, N.C., came to Baltimore in the early 1940s, then served in the Army from 1943 to 1946.

After he was discharged, Mr. Scriven worked as a laborer in Baltimore for F. F. Royster Co., maker of fertilizers, until the mid-1970s when the business closed. He then worked in maintenance for the city school system.

For more than 40 years, he was a member of Emmanuel Christian Community Church in West Baltimore.

Services are set for 11 a.m. today at Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church, 1128 Pennsylvania Ave.

Mr. Scriven married Lillie Mae Joyner in 1949; she died in 1993.

He is survived by a daughter, Deborah E. Scriven of Baltimore; and three sisters, Edna Pearl Gainey of Queens, N.Y., Ola Mae Scriven of Stoneville, N.C., and Nora McEachern of Lanham.

Allen E. Holmes, 70, engineer, dog fancier

A memorial service for Allen E. Holmes, a former electronics engineer and dog fancier, will be held at 4: 30 p.m. Sunday at the Johns Hopkins Club on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Holmes, who was 70, died of cancer Nov. 17 at home in Columbia.

Pub Date: 11/25/98

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