Donald W. Thurlow, 79, Bethlehem Steel executive Donald...

January 29, 2001

Donald W. Thurlow, 79, Bethlehem Steel executive

Donald W. Thurlow, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. executive, died Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center of complications from surgery. He was 79 and lived in Baltimore County.

After a career at the steel-mak- er's Sparrows Point facility, he retired in 1983 as assistant to the vice president of operations at the corporation's headquarters in Bethlehem, Pa.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., he was reared in Baltimore. He was a 1940 graduate of Mount St. Joseph's High School, where he received the Brother Eugene Trophy as the outstanding scholar-athlete of the 1940 class. He played baseball and football, and anchored the relay team. After graduating cum laude from Spring Hill College in Alabama in 1943, he joined the Marine Corps and received the Presidential Unit Citation for action in the Battle of Iwo Jima. After leaving active duty in 1946, he held the rank of captain in the Marine Corps Reserve until his discharge in 1957.

In 1946, he joined Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant as a clerk in the industrial engineering department. He was named assistant plant industrial engineer in 1957 and was promoted to chief industrial engineer in 1960.

Mr. Thurlow maintained an interest in sports throughout his life. A diehard Baltimore Colts fan, he secured off-season jobs at Sparrows Point for several Colts players who remained in Baltimore after the playing season ended.

In 1965, he moved to the Bethlehem Steel corporate office. He lived in Bethlehem for 34 years and moved to Baltimore County in 1999.

He was elected to the Mount St. Joseph's High School and Spring Hill College athletic halls of fame.

He coached Little League baseball at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church parish in the 1950s and early 1960s.

An avid golfer, he was a charter member of Sparrows Point Country Club. He had also been a member of Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Katherine Hanson; a son, Donald W. Thurlow Jr. of Grosse Ile, Mich.; a daughter, Katherine Thurlow of Baldwin; a brother, Stuart Thurlow of Ocean City, N.J.; a sister, Elizabeth Lynch of Glendora, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

Anna Marie Streb, 95, secretary, crafts enthusiast

Anna Marie Streb, a crafts enthusiast and former secretary, died Tuesday evening at College Manor in Lutherville of complications from multiple strokes. She was 95.

Born in Baltimore, the former Anna Marie Minderlein was the third of eight children of German immigrants.

When her father, a Baltimore City police officer, died at a young age, she went to work to help support her mother and siblings.

After completing secretarial training, she began working for the Coca-Cola Co. when she was 14 years old. For a few years after that, she did secretarial work for three steamship companies at the port. Later, she worked for attorney William J. O'Donnell and poet Max Rubin.

She married H. Albert Streb, a banker, in September 1929. Mr. Streb died in 1994.

In 1959, Mrs. Streb started working as an assistant in the art department at Johns Hopkins Medical School, where she helped prepare medical illustrations.

Mrs. Streb enjoyed working on several forms of crafts, including calligraphy, candlemaking and knitting, and attending arts lectures. She made candles and afghans that she gave to family and friends.

Her son, Alan J. Streb of Glen Arm, said his mother was known for her pleasant personality as well as her determination.

"Anything she decided to do, she did," he said.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Streb is survived by a daughter, Annette Scagnetti of Southboro, Mass.; a sister, Rita McCurdy of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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