David Franklin Rodgers, 69, bank president, deaconDavid...

April 01, 1999

David Franklin Rodgers, 69, bank president, deacon

David Franklin Rodgers, a retired bank president and ordained deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, died Saturday of respiratory failure at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was 69.

The Salisbury resident, who served two terms on the City Council there, had been associated with First Shore Federal Savings and Loan Association since 1959. He was president and chief executive officer from 1983 to 1991, then was chairman of the board until he retired in 1993.

During his years at the bank, it grew from one branch in rented space with assets of $4 million to six branches with assets over $116 million.

In retirement, Mr. Rodgers studied for the priesthood at Pope John XXIII National Seminary near Boston. Despite declining health that interrupted his studies, he was ordained a deacon in 1997.

He was active in many civic organizations in Salisbury, including the Jaycees, Maryland Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Elks Lodge, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

He also helped establish the Blood Bank of the Eastern Shore and served as its president and founding chairman.

He was born in Detroit and reared in Columbus, Ohio, where he graduated from high school. During World War II, he was a Navy pilot.

His first wife, the former Betty Jean Gouldman, died in 1964. He married Lois Jean Raith, in 1967; she died in 1990.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

He is survived by a son, Stephen Marohl of Edgewater; two brothers, William T. Rodgers and Ronald L. Rodgers, both of Columbus; three sisters, Helen Rushing of Rock Hill, S.C., Roberta Martenson of Galesburg, Ill., and Carol Fancelli of Columbus; and three grandchildren.

John E. Cross Jr., 81, led highway equipment firm

John E. Cross Jr., who retired as president of a highway equipment company, died Tuesday of a stroke at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Homeland resident was 81.

In 1942, he joined Elphinstone, a heavy-construction equipment company on Belair Road in Northeast Baltimore, became president in 1974 and retired in 1986. He was national president of the Associated Equipment Distributors in 1976.

A congregant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Garrison, he had served as a vestryman, Eucharistic minister, usher, choir member and Sunday school teacher. He was president of the Churchman's Club from 1989 to 1991.

The Baltimore native grew up in Roland Park and attended Calvert School and Gilman School. He was a graduate of Baltimore City College and also attended Maryland Institute, College of Art.

In 1942, he married Mary Clemson, who died in 1986.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at St. Thomas' Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane.

He is survived by three sons, John E. Cross III of Needham, Mass., David D. Cross of Davis, Calif., and C. Thomas Cross of San Mateo, Calif.; two daughters, Holliday C. Heine of Weston, Mass., and Katherine L. Cross of Sandstone, W.Va.; and 11 grandchildren.

Donald H. Novak Sr., 72, senior consulting engineer

Donald H. Novak Sr., a senior consulting engineer with Computer Sciences Corp. at Goddard Space Flight Center, died of a heart attack Saturday at his Stevensville home. He was 72.

He had been employed at the Greenbelt facility since 1970. Earlier, he had worked for Martin-Marietta Corp. for 15 years.

The Baltimore native graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1944 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He served as a crew chief and was discharged in 1948.

He earned a bachelor's degree in 1950, a master's degree in 1951 and a doctorate in 1954, all in aeronautical engineering, from Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind.

He was an elder, member of the governing board and Sunday school teacher at Island Alliance Church, 510 Thompson Creek Road, Stevensville, where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today.

He is survived by his wife, the former Anne Beaman, whom he married in 1954; a son, Donald H. Novak Jr. of Queenstown; three daughters, Georgia Lindengren, Meg Yost and Jennifer Murphy, all of Stevensville; a sister, Margaret Bray of Arnold; and 18 grandchildren.

Daniel Johnathan Hicks, 59, machine operator

Daniel Johnathan Hicks, a machine operator at Domino Sugar Corp., died of a heart attack Saturday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Northwood resident was 59.

Born in Baltimore, he grew up near Druid Hill Park and was a graduate of Douglass High School. He worked at American Can Co. in Canton for 13 years before he joined Domino Sugar's Locust Point refinery 20 years ago.

Services are set for 10: 30 a.m. Saturday at First Apostolic Faith Church, 27 S. Caroline St., where he had been a member for 26 years.

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