Robert A. McGrain Sr., 73, Realtor, tax board...

April 20, 1999

Robert A. McGrain Sr., 73, Realtor, tax board chairman

Robert A. McGrain Sr., a Realtor, died Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center of complications after heart surgery. He was 73 and lived in Towson.

Mr. McGrain, who joined O'Conor Piper & Flynn 35 years ago, was chairman of the Baltimore County Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board.

Born in Baltimore, he graduated from Loyola High School in 1944 and enlisted in the Army Air Forces. He graduated from Loyola College in 1950, worked for his family's grocery store -- "Gain by dealing with McGrain" -- in the old North Avenue Market and held various sales jobs before he joined O'Conor Piper & Flynn.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson, where a funeral Mass was offered yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Cecelia B. Allen, whom he married in 1950; two sons, Robert A. McGrain Jr. of Towson and Thomas J. McGrain of Timonium; seven daughters, Mary Cecelia McGrain of Timonium, Mary Melinda McGrain of Towson, Margaret McGrain Lewis of Chester, Kathleen McGrain Meeder of Cockeysville, Nancy McGrain Julio of Reisterstown, Mary Ellen George of Arnold and Patricia McGrain Gould of Towson; a sister, Nancy McGrain Jenkins of LaPlata; and 19 grandchildren.

Elizabeth D. Kirkley, 92, flower shop owner

Elizabeth D. Kirkley, former co-owner of a Waverly florist shop, died Saturday of complications of diabetes at a nursing home in Winter Park, Fla., where she had lived since 1984. She was 92.

The former Elizabeth Dodson was born in Baltimore. The Rodgers Forge resident and her husband established Kirkley Florist on Gorsuch Avenue in 1930 and later moved the business to 3400 Greenmount Ave. in the early 1940s.

She retired from the business in 1955 after she divorced Earle L. Kirkley Sr., whom she had married in 1930.

A memorial service was held yesterday. .

She is survived by two sons, Earle L. Kirkley Jr. of Maitland, Fla., and George T. Kirkley of Hunt Valley; two daughters, Katherine D. Kirkley of Baltimore and Nancy L. Hall of Kissimmee, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Selma H. Taylor, 76, homemaker, volunteer

Selma H. Taylor, a homemaker who worked with her husband in several businesses, died Monday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. The Pikesville resident was 76.

She had moved to Pikesville last year after living in Hagerstown since 1954.

In Hagerstown, she assisted her husband in several businesses, including Hagerstown Leather Goods Co., Avalon Manor Nursing Home, Digby Products and Ardee Industries and Specialty Manufacturing.

The former Selma H. Weidenfeld was born in New York City and raised in Atlantic City, N.J., where she graduated from high school and worked in the Famous Shop, owned by her parents.

In 1942, she married Harold N. Taylor, who worked on the Manhattan Project, which led to the development of the atomic bomb.

She was a longtime volunteer at Washington County Hospital and a former board member of the Maryland Symphony. She also was active in B'nai Abraham Congregation in Hagerstown.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Dr. Ronald J. Taylor and Dr. Richard L. Taylor, both of Pikesville; a daughter, Debra E. Taylor of Fulton; and two grandchildren.

Hugh Lowe O'Donnell, 65, Bethlehem Steel engineer

Hugh Lowe O'Donnell, a retired industrial engineer, died Saturday of septic shock at Howard County General Hospital. He was 65 and lived in Columbia.

Mr. O'Donnell joined Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant in 1958 and managed the steelmaker's facility in Lackawanna, N.Y., from 1977 to 1984. He returned to Sparrows Point and retired in 1989.

The Washington native earned a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in 1955 and served in the Army from 1956 to 1957. The next year, he married Josephine Widmann, who died in 1991.

A deeply religious man, Mr. O'Donnell taught religion classes at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Elkridge and St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Columbia. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Thomas Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 2665 Woodley Road in Washington.

He is survived by two sons, Richard H. O'Donnell of Baldwin and Edward J. O'Donnell of Ellicott City; a daughter, Anne M. Shugars of Ellicott City; four brothers, Monsignor William F. O'Donnell of Washington, Dr. Vincent Lane O'Donnell and John Jude O'Donnell, both of Bethesda, and Dr. Robert O'Donnell of McLean, Va.; and five grandchildren.

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