Walter Howard Allen, 85, shipping manager, volunteer...

January 07, 2000

Walter Howard Allen, 85, shipping manager, volunteer

Walter Howard Allen, a retired shipping manager and hospital volunteer, died Monday of heart disease at Franklin Square Hospital. He was 85 and lived in Perry Hall.

Born in Canton in East Baltimore, he was a graduate of Hampstead Hill Junior High School and attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

At 15, he obtained a work permit and joined the old William Suchting & Sons. In 1973, he retired as shipping manager at American Can Co. on Boston Street in Canton. He also worked for Eastern Freightways and Pilot Freight Lines until 1978.

In 1984, he was named Transportation Man of the Year by the Traffic Club of Maryland.

Mr. Allen was a community volunteer for nearly 50 years. He began by being a clown at Kernan Hospital in Dickeyville during the polio epidemics of the 1950s and continued to entertain at area children's hospitals and nursing homes until several months ago.

Mr. Allen was honored for his volunteerism. In 1982, he received the William F. May Award from the American Can Foundation, was named outstanding senior citizen by the White Marsh-Perry Hall Jaycees in 1985, and earned a Baltimore's Best Award in 1983 and a Governor's Citation in 1992.

Funeral services will be held at 11: 30 a.m today at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 9534 Belair Road, where he was an active member and recipient of the Lutheran Layman Award.

He is survived by his wife, the former Irene Hoffman, whom he married in 1939; two daughters, Carole Allen Evitts of Williamsville, N.Y., and Sharon Allen Sorrentino of Bowie; a brother, Charles Allen of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Nancy L. Allison, 75, secretary to James Rouse

Nancy L. Allison, a retired executive secretary, died Sunday of Alzheimer's disease at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living Community in Columbia. She was 75.

Miss Allison had formerly lived in Cross Keys and Pickersgill retirement community in Towson.

She joined the Rouse Co. in 1960 as executive secretary to James W. Rouse, the company's founder who built Columbia and Harborplace.

In 1982, Mr. Rouse and his wife, Patty, established the Enterprise Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that finances and rehabilitates housing for the needy, and Miss Allison continued to work for him. She retired in 1992.

"She really meant so much to him. She kept him organized and he really depended on her," Mrs. Rouse said yesterday.

Miss Allison was born in Edmondson Village and was a 1941 graduate of Mount de Sales Academy of the Visitation in Academy Heights. She also graduated from Eaton Burnett Business College and began her secretarial career with Fidelity and Deposit Co.

"Her work was her hobby," said her sister, Betty Schuster of Columbia.

A deeply religious person, Miss Allison attended Mass at the Roman Catholic Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in downtown Baltimore, St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Gardenville and Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

A Christian wake service will be held at 7 p.m. today at Witzke Funeral Home of Columbia, 5555 Twin Knolls Road.

Miss Allison also is survived by a nephew, John Schuster of Columbia; and two nieces, Beth Schuster of Columbia and Lee S. Dreyer of Sparks.

Rita Anne Mellendick, 83, St. William Church organist

Rita Anne Mellendick, retired organist at St. William of York Roman Catholic Church, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease at Ridgeway Manor Nursing Home in Catonsville. She was 83.

From the 1930s through the 1980s, she provided the music for hundreds of weddings, requiem Masses and commencements at the Ten Hills church. A gifted singer, she also sang at church and school functions.

"She loved to sit at the piano bench and play and sing for family gatherings," said her son, Robert J. Mellendick of Catonsville.

Rita Anne Eichhorn was born in Ten Hills on Drury Lane and was a 1934 graduate of Mount de Sales Academy of the Visitation, where she studied music. She remained an active alumna of the school in Academy Heights. She also studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

In 1938, she married William G. Mellendick, who survives her and lives in Catonsville.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10: 30 a.m. today at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, U.S. 40 West and St. Agnes Lane, where she was a member.

She also is survived by another son, William G. Mellendick Jr. of Ellicott City; two daughters, Rita Anne McDonough and Elizabeth Jane Grochmal, both of Catonsville; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Correction

John S. Brown: An obituary published Dec. 24 on John Sidney Brown, 80, a retired Morgan State University chemistry lab instructor, listed incorrect information on his wife, Lucille Chapman Brown. She died in 1990. The Sun regrets the error.

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