Joseph Adrian Hall, 82, auditor for state, amateur astronomer

June 12, 2000

Joseph Adrian Hall, a longtime auditor for the state tax department and an amateur astronomer, died yesterday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson of complications from cancer. He was 82.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Hall grew up in Hamilton and graduated from City College.

During World War II, he was an Army corporal and served for three years in the Persian Gulf command, keeping Russia supplied to fight the Germans, said his wife of 32 years, the former Shirley Armstrong.

In 1943, a Russian officer promised his outfit "a medal of appreciation for their work in transporting war material to Russia," said his wife.

Fifty years later, at the end of the Cold War, he got the medal and was honored at the White House Rose Garden by President Clinton and then-Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin.

After World War II, Mr. Hall earned a degree in accounting from the University of Baltimore.

He worked for 30 years as an auditor for the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, dealing with corporations.

He retired in the 1970s.

His wife said he had been an amateur astronomer since childhood and often took vacation time to give presentations at a planetarium at the Enoch Pratt Free Library for the Maryland Academy of Sciences, parent organization of the Maryland Science Center.

He was president of a local group called the Astronomical Society.

"He has always been interested in the stars -- just the whole concept of the vastness of the universe and the order of it all," Mrs. Hall said.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a stepdaughter, Paige Coleman Sober of Los Angeles, and a stepson, John Arnold Coleman Jr. of Reisterstown.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete yesterday.

Carolyn Maynes, 67, insurance office manager

Carolyn Maynes, who retired in the mid-1990s as an office manager for Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Towson, died of cancer Thursday at her Towson home. She was 67.

The former Carolyn Rever was born in Baltimore and raised in Govans.

She was a graduate of Eastern High School and, as a young woman, worked as a secretary in insurance and real estate offices in downtown Baltimore.

In 1952, she married George A. Maynes, a lieutenant commander in the Navy who was a printing official.

He died in 1994.

She was a reading tutor and volunteer with the Baltimore County schools.

She also played tennis and enjoyed gardening.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, St. Paul Street and University Parkway.

She is survived by two sons, David Maynes of Sparks and Steven Maynes of Towson; three daughters, Beth Herrmannof Towson, Mary Mullan of Sparks and Amy Chenowith of Towson; a sister, Joanne Sauerwald of Timonium; and six grandchildren.

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