John G. Carroll, 94, pilot, Coast Guard backerJohn G...

July 24, 1999

John G. Carroll, 94, pilot, Coast Guard backer

John G. Carroll, a corporate pilot who informally recruited young people into the Coast Guard, died Tuesday of heart failure at his home in Oxford. He was 94.

Born in Cleveland, Mr. Carroll came as a child to Baltimore, where he attended Calvert Hall High School and graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 1928. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and learned to fly. Mr. Carroll became a corporate pilot for Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey after his discharge and later worked as a test pilot of new aircraft being produced at the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River during World War II.

After retiring in 1965 from W. R. Grace and Co. in Baltimore, Mr. Carroll moved to Oxford and became an active board member of the Talbot County YMCA, the United Fund and the Red Cross.

His enthusiasm for the Coast Guard led Mr. Carroll to become an informal recruiter, according to his son, John G. Carroll Jr. of Silver Spring. "He had a respect for the flag and the uniform," his son said, "and a special fondness for the humanitarian aspects of the Coast Guard."

That enthusiasm, which brought several young men and women into the Coast Guard ranks, was recognized by the Coast Guard and in 1993 earned him a Coast Guard Public Service Commendation award.

Mr. Carroll was a member of the Talbot Country Club, the Tred Avon and Poplar Island yacht clubs and the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 45. He also was a vestryman and senior warden of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford.

He also is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Martha McIlvain Eastwick; another son, Thomas E. Carroll of Cape May, N.J.; and a sister, Mary Alice Gildea of Towson.

Memorial services will be held at noon Wednesday at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford.

Elizabeth Nolley, 79, employee of gift shop

Elizabeth Nolley, a longtime Roland Park resident, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at Keswick Multicare Center. She was 79 and had lived on Hawthorne Road.

Until her retirement in 1982, she had worked in Gundy's Gift Shop in Roland Park.

Born in Canton, N.C., the former Elizabeth Lee moved to Baltimore as a girl and lived on Bolton Street in Bolton Hill. She made her debut at the Bachelors Cotillon in 1937, the year she graduated from Seton High School.

In 1940, she married Edmond B. Nolley, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. executive. He died in 1987.

She was a member of the Thursday Afternoon Bridge Club.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9: 30 a.m. today at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5502 York Road.

She is survived by a son, Edmond B. Nolley Jr. of Baltimore; two daughters, Elizabeth N. Walunas of Baltimore and Jesse N. Salley of Taneytown; a sister, Frances Lee Miller of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Laurie A. Wheeler, 28, youth activities coordinator

Laurie Ann Wheeler, a graduate of Carroll Community College, died of cancer Wednesday at the home of her parents in Sykesville. She was 28.

Before her illness, Ms. Wheeler had lived in Loveland, Colo. She worked at the kayaking and whitewater rafting venues in Tennessee for the 1996 Summer Olympics and served as youth activities coordinator for the recreation department in Fort Collins, Colo.

Born in Marlborough, Mass., she graduated from South Carroll High School in 1989 and majored in business at Carroll Community College before taking jobs at the Internal Revenue Service in Owings Mills and Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Slattery Funeral Home in Marlborough.

She is survived by her parents, Raymond and Marie Wheeler; a sister, Lisa Wheeler, and a brother, Steven Wheeler, both of Sykesville; her maternal grandmother, Lillian Daniels of Marlborough; her paternal grandmother, Thelma Wheeler of Gardner, Mass.; her fiance, Jimmie Bostic of Loveland; and her godparents, Terrill and Jacqueline Wright of Marlborough.

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