Francis S. Deckert, 90, Social Security analyst Francis...

January 04, 2001

Francis S. Deckert, 90, Social Security analyst

Francis S. Deckert, a retired Social Security Administration analyst and Rodgers Forge neighborhood activist, died Friday from gangrene at his daughter's Parkville home. He was 90.

During the late 1920s and early 1930s, Mr. Deckert, a native of Buf- falo, N.Y., was an accountant for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., the A&P grocery chain.

In 1937, he came to Baltimore to work at the Social Security Administration, which then had its headquarters in the Candler Building. He retired in 1969 as a disability policy standards analyst .

A Rodgers Forge resident since 1951, Mr. Deckert was a longtime member of the Rodgers Forge Community Association, where he had been treasurer and edited the organization's newsletter.

From 1972 until 1980, he volunteered at senior citizen centers, helping members prepare their income tax returns. Earlier, he had been a board member of the Social Security Federal Credit Union.

A badminton and tennis enthusiast, he was a member of the Baltimore Badminton Club for years. He was a life master of the American Contract Bridge Association.

Mr. Deckert graduated from Masten Park High School in Buffalo in 1922.

In 1939, he married Eleanor Hovis, who died in 1981.

He was a communicant and eucharistic minister at St. Pius Roman Catholic Church in Rodgers Forge, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

He is survived by his daughter, Betsy Deckert Bastio of Parkville; and two granddaughters.

Roy J. Molick Sr., 78, combat pilot in three wars

Roy J. Molick Sr., a combat pilot in three wars who was assigned to fly Lyndon B. Johnson's presidential aircraft, died Sunday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 78.

The longtime Middle River resident flew in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He began flying President Johnson's plane while he was vice president.

After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Mr. Molick was assigned to the Executive Flight Detachment and assumed command of Air Force One, a converted Boeing 707.

Mr. Molick was born and raised in Bohl, Minn., and enlisted as an aviation cadet in the Navy in 1942. Commissioned a lieutenant in the Marine Corps, he flew combat missions in the Pacific.

During the Korean War, he flew combat rescue missions.

In 1967, he left the Executive Flight Detachment and went into the Army, flying combat rescue missions in Vietnam. He was discharged in 1969.

Among his many decorations are two Distinguished Flying Crosses and six Air Medals.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars 6027 in North East and enjoyed crossword puzzles.

Mr. Molick married Lois Worden in 1946. She died in 1996.

A daughter, Linda L. Grove, died in November.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Connolly Funeral Home of Essex, 300 Mace Ave.

He is survived by two sons, Roy J. Molick Jr. of Pasadena and William D. Molick of Dundalk; two daughters, Joycelyn R. Adkins of Allentown, Pa., and Kathleen S. Haag of White Marsh; a brother, Robert Molick of Chisolm, Minn.; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Nancy Beth Sachs, 54, administrative assistant

Nancy Beth Sachs, administrative assistant to the president of the Park Circle Motor Co., died Dec. 28 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 54.

In 1987, Mrs. Sachs began working for the Northwest Balti- more automobile dealership, formerly a General Motors dealership and now a holding company.

"I'll always remember her not only as a wonderful person, but for the courage she exhibited when facing death even though her aunt had died of ALS and she knew full well the horror of what she was facing," said Jeffrey Legum, Park Circle president.

Nancy Beth Collins was born and reared in Sharptown and graduated from high school in Mardella Springs, both in Wicomico County.

She attended business school in Baltimore and was an administrative assistant at Allegheny Beverage Co. from 1975 until 1987.

For the past three years, Mrs. Sachs had been a lay member of the Institutional Review Board on Human Subjects at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

In 1981, she married Larry Sachs, who survives her. They lived in Severn until they moved to Baltimore last year.

Mrs. Sachs enjoyed collecting Oriental art, especially porcelains, paintings and carvings. She also was an avid gardener.

Services were held Friday.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, David Bryan Sachs of Aberdeen; a sister, Cheryl Kennedy of Sharptown; and two granddaughters.

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