Howard Riche Prince, 92, Navy captain Retired Navy...

March 27, 2000

Howard Riche Prince, 92, Navy captain

Retired Navy Capt. Howard Riche Prince, who served on more than 10 ships, died Thursday of a stroke at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was 92 and lived in the Ginger Cove area of Annapolis.

He was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and raised in Georgia. After enlisting in the Navy, he attended the Naval Academy in Annapolis, graduating in 1932.

During his military career, he served on more than 10 ships before, during and after World War II. He also had assignments at the Naval Academy and the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington.

Captain Prince was credited with devising the "hammerlock moor," a method for anchoring a ship in rough weather in tight quarters, said his son-in-law, William H. Moore IV of Baltimore.

After retiring from the Navy in 1962, he taught mathematics at Norfolk (Va.) Academy.

He was a life member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association and Lions Club International.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew's Chapel at the Naval Academy.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Mary Bruce Mackall; a daughter, Marion Prince Moore of Baltimore; two grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and two nieces.

Michael J. LaVerghetta, 90, utility contractor

Michael J. LaVerghetta, a retired utility contractor from Lutherville, died Friday of kidney failure at Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore County. He was 90.

Born in South Philadelphia, Mr. LaVerghetta moved to Baltimore in 1935 and married Anna Maria D'Adamo a year later. In the late 1940s, he founded Columbia Construction Co. with two partners, Max Carozza and Fred Petrella. For 26 years, they installed sewer and storm drain systems in Baltimore city and county.

Mr. LaVerghetta was a member of Towson Elks Club, the Exchange Club of Baltimore and Associated Builders and Contractors.

A viewing will be held at Ruck Funeral Home in Towson from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Michael J. LaVerghetta of Durango, Colo., and Joseph C. LaVerghetta of Lutherville; two brothers, Carl LaVerghetta of Pikesville and Wilbert LaVerghetta of Brigantine, N.J.; three sisters, Lucy Bobco and Edith Ventura of Westmont, N.J., and Rose Schlenker of Claymont, Del.; and five grandchildren.

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