Jerome A. Cullings, 59, Baltimore police officer Jerome...

April 13, 2000

Jerome A. Cullings, 59, Baltimore police officer

Jerome A. Cullings, a former Baltimore police officer and retired federal special agent, died Sunday of a heart attack at Howard County General Hospital. He was 59 and lived in Columbia.

Mr. Cullings retired in 1996 as a special agent in the office of the inspector general of the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington. He had joined the federal government as a Department of Agriculture special agent in 1979.

At the time of his death, he was president of Sentinel Investigation and Insurance Agency in Columbia, a security business he founded several years ago.

Born in Northwest Baltimore, he earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Morgan State University in 1964.

He served in the Army while at Morgan and was discharged as a private.

In 1964, he was appointed to the Baltimore Police Department and was a detective in the Southwestern District. In 1970, he earned a departmental Bronze Star for the arrests of four suspects who were charged with shooting at a police officer.

In 1976, he was one of three detectives chosen to assist the House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations' investigations of the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

He retired from the Police Department in 1977.

His 1968 marriage to Patricia E. McDaniel ended in divorce.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church, 1546 N. Fremont Ave.

He is survived by two sons, Anthony B. Cullings and Keith A. Cullings, both of Randallstown; three brothers, John F. Cullings and Kenneth E. Cullings, both of Columbia, and Eric A. Cullings of Catonsville; a sister, Leah P. Dicks of Glendale; and a grandson.

Michael H. Ward, 48, Merrill Lynch vice president

Michael H. Ward, vice president and district sales manager for Merrill Lynch, died of undetermined causes Monday at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington. The Millersville resident was 48.

The cause of death is pending the result of an autopsy, said his wife of 27 years, the former Pamela Ridner.

He had been vice president and district sales manager for Merrill Lynch's Washington office since December. Earlier, he had held a similar position in the firm's Baltimore office for 18 months. He joined the firm in 1976.

He was born in Newark, N.J., and earned a bachelor's degree from Seton Hall University.

He was a communicant of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Severna Park.

A Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. James Episcopal Church, Fourth and Hammond avenues in Bradley Beach, N.J.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Christopher Ward of Millersville and Stephen Ward, a student at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.; his mother, Lois Ward of Asbury Park, N.J.; a brother, Kevin Ward of Freehold, N.J.; a sister, Joan Speirs of Lincroft, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.

Grace Ann Nolan, 73, executive secretary, singer

Grace Ann Nolan, a former executive secretary who enjoyed singing and playing the piano, died Sunday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. She was 73.

The longtime Lutherville resident sang second soprano for more than 20 years with the Candlelighters, a local women's choir that entertains at nursing homes and senior centers.

Grace A. Howard was born in Govans and graduated from Eastern High School. During World War II, she was a secretary for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

After the war, she was executive secretary to R. B. Rall, president of O'Neill & Co., a department store at Charles and Lexington streets.

While at O'Neill's, which was known for its fine Irish linens and customer service, Mrs. Nolan earned the nickname "Peggy O'Neill" for helping customers resolve problems and acting as a personal shopper.

After the store closed in 1954 to make way for the Charles Center urban renewal project, Mrs. Nolan became a homemaker.

She was a communicant for more than 50 years of Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Cedarcroft, where she had been president of the Women's Guild.

Services were held yesterday .

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Charles E. Nolan Jr.; three daughters, Catherine E. Boulden of Honolulu, Karie Nolan Hogan of Lutherville and Kimberly A. Nolan of Baltimore; a brother, Robert R. Howard of Lutherville; and nine grandchildren.

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