John T. Cecil, 74, former government officialJohn T...

January 28, 1999

John T. Cecil, 74, former government official

John T. Cecil, a former state and Anne Arundel County official, lawyer and accountant, died Saturday of cancer at his Severna Park home. He was 74.

After working as a project manager for a New York construction company, in 1964, Mr. Cecil joined the State Accident Fund, which insures employers so they can pay claims arising from injuries and accidents to their workers. In 1970, he was named deputy secretary of licensing and regulation and was deputy secretary of agriculture from 1972 to 1980, when he retired.

He served as director of inspections and permits for Anne Arundel County from 1983 to 1985.

Born in Great Mills, St. Mary's County, the World War II Army veteran earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1948 from Mount St. Mary's College, and degrees in law and accounting from the University of Baltimore in 1958 and 1964 respectively.

Mr. Cecil had a lifelong interest in St. Mary's County history and especially in Great Mills, where he was chairman of the board of Cecil's Historic District and active in the restoration of Cecil's General Store and Cecil's Mill, which date to the 1800s. Great Mills is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

He was a communicant of Holy Face Roman Catholic Church, 20476 Point Lookout Road, Great Mills, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today.

Mr. Cecil is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Ann Schmuck; five sons, John T. Cecil Jr. of Frederick, John A. Cecil and John R. Cecil, both of Odenton, John M. Cecil of Columbia and John D. Cecil of Severna Park; three daughters, Joanne Brown of Towson, Nancy Shevchik of Pittsburgh and Anita Smith of Ellicott City; a brother, Norbert Cecil of Beverly Hills, Fla.; three sisters, Cecelia Canfield of Bakersfield, Calif., Marion Tennyson of Mechanicsville and Rose Allen Dement of Great Mills; and 12 grandchildren.

Margaret D. Kohler, 95, X-ray technician

Margaret D. Kohler, who had been an X-ray technician and administrative assistant at the University of Maryland Hospital, died yesterday in her sleep at St. Elizabeth Hall for Senior Citizens at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 95 and formerly lived in Towson.

Mrs. Kohler joined the hospital in 1922 and retired in 1957. She worked summers as a hotel administrator at George Washington Hotel in Ocean City until the mid-1970s.

In 1943, she helped establish the State Employees' Credit Union and served on its budget and finance committees for many years.

The former Margaret Duggan, who was born in West Baltimore, graduated from St. Martin's Academy in 1920 and attended the University of Maryland.

In 1935, she married Raymond J. Kohler, who died in 1937.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel of the Cardinal Shehan Center, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road in Timonium.

She is survived by a sister, Madeleine D. Slear of Roland Park; a cousin, Marguerite Duggan of Boston; and many nieces and nephews.

Pub Date: 1/28/99

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