Harry G. Mullen, 77, railroad system manager Harry G...

January 10, 2000

Harry G. Mullen, 77, railroad system manager

Harry G. Mullen, a retired Chessie System manager, died Friday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 77 and lived in Cockeysville.

Mr. Mullen began a 42-year career in railroading with Baltimore and Ohio Railroad as a secretary in 1941. He retired from the Chessie System, successor company to B&O, as manager of employee benefits in 1982.

Born in Govans, he was a graduate of Towson Catholic High School. He earned a degree in accounting from Loyola College in 1953 and a law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1970.

During World War II, he served in the Army in the Pacific and was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge for participation in the campaign in Leyte, Philippines. He was discharged with the rank of first sergeant in 1946.

He had been active in Little League Baseball and enjoyed gardening. He was a member of RABO, a retired B&O employees' association.

He was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5500 York Road, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Beatrice Phillip; a son, Michael G. Mullen of Harrisburg, Pa.; two daughters, Frances Thomey of Rochester, N.Y., and Loretta Link of Annapolis; a brother, Joseph Mullen of Kingsville; and seven grandchildren.

Margaret M. Richardson, 92, florist and homemaker

Margaret Magness Richardson, a Bel Air homemaker who started selling flowers from her back yard as a hobby and became one of the town's most successful florists, died Thursday of complications from a stroke at Mariner Health of Forest Hill. She was 92.

A native of Bel Air, Mrs. Richardson bought a greenhouse for her back yard and began selling flowers in the mid-1940s. The hobby became so successful that her husband, Charles R. Richardson, quit his job as manager at a local grocery store in 1951 to help her floral business.

"She was kind of a trailblazer," said Mrs. Richardson's daughter, Miriam R. Adams, who operates Richardson's Flowers and Gifts in the 800 block of S. Main St. with her daughter. "Now there are a lot of women in business. But back then, it was different."

Mrs. Richardson graduated from Bel Air High School in 1924 and was married the next year.

Her husband died in 1961 and her son, E. Henry Richardson, died in 1995. In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a brother, Walter Magness of Bel Air; a sister, Evelyn Mitchell of Churchville; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held yesterday at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, where she had been a lifelong member, and a member of its Chancel Choir for many years.

Joseph M. Novak Sr., 85, machinist, shipbuilder

Joseph M. Novak Sr., a retired machinist, died Thursday of kidney failure at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Dundalk resident was 85.

Mr. Novak retired in 1980 from Western Electric Corp.'s Point Breeze plant, where he had worked for 23 years.

Born and raised in East Baltimore, he attended city public schools. During World War II, he worked at Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. in South Baltimore, building Liberty ships.

He liked making items from metal and assisting family members and neighbors with household repairs.

He was a member of Ateaze Senior Citizens Center in Dundalk and a communicant of St. Casimir Roman Catholic Church in East Baltimore, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Helen J. Lapinski; two sons, Joseph M. Novak Jr. of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Michael Novak of Essex; a brother, Albert Nowakowski of Highlandtown; a sister, Frances Johnson of Parkville; and four grandchildren.

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