Carl Weibel Strein, 85, health insurance executiveCarl...

September 28, 1999

Carl Weibel Strein, 85, health insurance executive

Carl Weibel Strein, former director of computer operations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland, died Friday of heart failure at the home of his son in Parkton. The former Ednor Gardens resident was 85.

Mr. Strein joined the health insurer in 1952 and retired in 1976. Earlier, he had worked for the Social Security Administration and the state of Pennsylvania.

During the 1960s and 1970s, he was a consultant to area businesses that were installing computer systems.

His interest in computers began during World War II when he worked in Naval Intelligence in Washington.

At his suggestion, Blue Cross and Blue Shield adopted the use of Social Security numbers for universal identification of members, according to his son, Neal H. Strein of Parkton. "It wasn't uncommon in those days for insurance companies to have different numbers for their clients," he said. "By using Social Security numbers, it made things a lot easier."

Mr. Strein was born in Taylor, Pa., where he graduated from high school. Later, he attended a Philadelphia business school.

Since 1971, he had maintained a home in Sarasota, Fla., where he was a member of First United Methodist Church. In Baltimore, he belonged to Northwood Appold United Methodist Church.

In 1938, he married Marjorie Vaughn, who died in 1982.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pine Grove United Methodist Church, Middletown Road, Freeland.

In addition to his son, he is survived by a sister, Lida Ransom of Taylor, Pa.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his companion, Vera Risher of Sarasota.

Leroy A. Eney Jr., 81, aeronautical engineer

Leroy A. Eney Jr., an aeronautical engineer who had directed the calibration laboratory at Edgewood Arsenal and Aberdeen Proving Ground, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at Solomons Nursing Center in Solomons. He was 81.

From 1967 until his retirement in 1982, he was head of the laboratory that made calibration adjustments of test equipment. He also was employed at Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River from 1941 until 1967, working on various airplanes, including the Martin B-26 bomber and the Martin Seamaster.

A former resident of Lutherville and Northeast Baltimore, he was born and raised on Franklintown Road in Southwest Baltimore. He left school and later earned his General Educational Development certificate.

Mr. Eney enjoyed building model airplanes and restoring vintage ones.

He married Margaret Waclaw-ski in 1941; she died in 1994.

He was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Little Flower in Baltimore and St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Texas, Md..

Services were held Saturday.

He is survived by a son, John A. Eney, and a daughter, Martha M. Eney, both of Lusby; two brothers, Louis Eney and Vernon Eney, both of Baltimore; and three sisters, Frances Anderson of Baltimore, Alice Schlenker of Bel Air and Louise Lawrence of Arbutus.

Clyde M. Artis, 74, mason and Severn resident

Clyde M. Artis, a retired mason, died Thursday of cancer at his Severn home. He was 74.

Mr. Artis was a mason for 33 years for Reliable Contracting Co. in Severn and retired in 1990.

The native of Courtland, Va., attended public schools there and moved to Baltimore in 1955.

Services will be held at 11: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Reese & Sons Mortuary, 821 West St., Annapolis.

He is survived by wife, the former Fletcher O. Banks, whom he married in 1959; a daughter, Audrey Hardy of Baltimore; a stepson, Joe Turner of Severn; a brother, Emmett Artis of Franklin, Va.; a sister, Frances Daniels of Newport News, Va.; and two grandchildren.

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