John Jackson Platter, 69, security agency official John...

April 04, 2001

John Jackson Platter, 69, security agency official

John Jackson Platter, a retired National Security Agency official, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 69 and had lived in Simpsonville since 1967.

Mr. Platter, who served in the Air Force in the 1950s, retired in 1987 as assistant deputy director for operations at NSA at Fort Meade. He had assignments in the Philippines, Cyprus, Korea, Germany and Thailand for NSA and the Air Force.

Born in Texas County, Mo., he was a 1967 graduate of University of Maryland, College Park. He also had a degree from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

In 1963, he married Laura Jefferson, who survives him.

A memorial reception was held yesterday.

He is also survived by three sons, Robert Platter of Columbia, Bruce Platter of Dunn Loring, Va., and David Platter of New York; two brothers, George Platter of Warsaw, Mo., and James Platter of Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Gracie Huitt of Noel, Mo., and Jessie Kyte of Kansas City, Mo.; and three grandchildren.

Mary Virginia Webster, 76, school librarian, teacher

Mary Virginia Webster, a retired Baltimore County public school librarian, died Monday of cancer at her Monkton home. She was 76.

Mrs. Webster began teaching second grade at Riderwood Elementary School in the mid-1940s and taught the same grade at the McDonogh School in the early 1950s.

She resumed her career in the early 1960s as a librarian at Hillendale Elementary School. She retired as librarian at Loch Raven Elementary in 1975.

Born Mary Virginia Rost in Irvington, she later moved to Phoenix and graduated from Towson High School in 1941. She received a bachelor's degree in education from what is now Towson University in 1945.

In 1948, she married Maynard W. Webster, a Baltimore County public school principal, who died in 1983.

For many years, Mrs. Webster was a docent at the Harvey S. Ladew Gardens near Monkton. She also was a volunteer librarian at the Jacksonville Mini-Library.

She was a longtime member of Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church, 3701 Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by three sons, David M. Webster of Padonia, G. Scott Webster of Mouth of Wilson, Va., and Stephen M. Webster of Brodbecks, Pa.; a brother, Edward G. Rost III of Towson; a sister, Elizabeth Scarborough of Denver; a grandson; and three granddaughters.

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