John Francis Hanna, 82, Bethlehem Steel engineer John...

February 08, 2000

John Francis Hanna, 82, Bethlehem Steel engineer

John Francis Hanna, a retired engineer at Bethlehem Steel Corp., died Feb. 1 of lung cancer at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 82 and lived in North Baltimore.

Mr. Hanna, who was born in New York City and raised in Palisades Park, N.J., earned an engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., in 1939. He then began work as a looper at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant. He was superintendent of the pipe mills for many years and retired in 1976.

He then moved from North Baltimore to the Pinehurst section of Anne Arundel County, where he enjoyed fishing and boating. He later spent 15 years in Rehoboth Beach, Del., where he was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by the statewide Kiwanis Club in 1990 for his work with Meals on Wheels. He moved back to Baltimore in 1995.

He had an avid interest in Scouting, having become an Eagle Scout at age 12. Later, he was a Scoutmaster while working at Sparrows Point.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church, 2801 N. Charles St.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Delmar Royston; four daughters, Frances Flanigan of Baltimore, Mary Houck of Bel Air, Katy Pugh of Raleigh, N.C., and Deborah Morgan of Newark, Del.; two sons, John Hanna of Arnold and William Hanna of Annapolis; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Harold A. Clark, 78, principal of evening school

Harold A. Clark, retired principal of Carver Vocational-Technical High School's evening division, died Feb. 1 of a heart attack while walking to visit a friend in a nursing home. He was 78 and lived in West Baltimore.

Mr. Clark spent his entire career at the West Baltimore school, named for George Washington Carver, the agricultural chemist he met while a student at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

"My father brought Dr. Carver his newspaper and coffee every morning at 5," said his daughter, Veronica Clark-Hudson of Los Angeles. "He learned tricks of gardening and growing vegetables from him. My father had a green thumb."

Born in Pulaski, Va., Mr. Clark came to Baltimore as a young man. After graduating from Tuskegee in 1943, he began teaching electrical contracting at Carver, where he later became a guidance counselor and principal of the night school. He retired in 1990.

In an era when Maryland's public universities were segregated, he was not permitted to attend a state school for his master's degree. He was paid to commute by the state to New York University, where he obtained his degree in 1956.

Acting on advice from Dr. Carver, Mr. Clark built a container garden on the roof of his Wheeler Avenue home, in which he grew greens, peppers and cantaloupes.

He owned and maintained rental houses, and collected coins.

In 1942, he married Flozella Eleanor Riddle, former director of protective services for the Family and Children's Society; she died in 1996.

A memorial service was held Sunday.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Clark is survived by two other daughters, Maria Clark of Adelphi and Harolyn Clark of Whittier, Calif.; two brothers, Robert Clark and Roy Clark, both of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Joseph L. Dantoni Sr., 79, salesman, inventor

Joseph L. Dantoni Sr., a retired salesman and inventor, died Wednesday of undetermined causes at his Westminster home. He was 79.

He was a salesman for a laboratory supply company before establishing a construction company that specialized in outbuildings such as garages.

Mr. Dantoni was a successful inventor who worked in a warehouse on Railroad Avenue in Westminster. He counted among his commercially successful inventions a saltwater aquarium and a cat litter made from discarded peanut shells. For years, the litter was marketed under the name Easey Litter.

His most recent invention was an automatic turn signal for motor vehicles that was activated by turning the steering wheel in the direction of the desired turn.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1938 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in 1943. During World War II, he served with the Navy in the Pacific and was discharged as a lieutenant in 1945.

His marriage to Isabella "Bobbie" Corwin ended in divorce.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.

He is survived by two sons, Joseph L. Dantoni Jr. of Perry Hall and John Dantoni of Arbutus; a granddaughter; and special friends James Terry of Poolesville and Ellsworth Acker of Westminster.

Bernice S. Kramer, 75, high school administrator

Bernice S. Kramer, retired chairwoman of the Western High School English department, died of an embolism Saturday at Northwest Hospital Center. She was 75 and lived in Pikesville.

Mrs. Kramer joined the city school system in 1949 and retired in 1983.

Born in Philadelphia, Bernice Sherman was reared in Northwest Baltimore. She was a graduate of Goucher College and received a master's degree from the University of Maryland in 1951.

She was past president of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation's Sisterhood and was co-chairwoman of the synagogue's social action committee. She was a member of the congregation's board and taught in its religious school.

In 1948, she married Bernard I. H. Kramer, former vice principal at Lake Clifton High School, who survives her.

She traveled widely with her husband, and they presented travelogues to senior citizen groups and social clubs.

Services were held yesterday.

She also is survived by a son, Joel Kramer of Ellicott City; two daughters, Harri J. Kramer of Bethesda and Ann K. Brodsky of Fair Lawn, N.J.; a brother, Irving Sherman of Bel Air; and eight grandchildren.

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