M. Gordon Knox, 88, foreign service officer M. Gordon...

April 05, 2001

M. Gordon Knox, 88, foreign service officer

M. Gordon Knox, a retired foreign service officer, died Thursday of pneumonia at Collington Retirement Community in Mitchellville. He was 88 and had lived in the Dominican Republic.

During his lengthy career with the State Department, Mr. Knox served at posts in Berlin, London, Pakistan and Vienna, Austria. Earlier, he was a reporter for Newsweek and The Sun. He retired in the mid-1970s.

At the outbreak of World War II, while posted in Berlin, he was interned at Baden Nauheim, Germany, until an exchange of diplomats and journalists took place in Portugal in 1942. He served in Sweden throughout the remainder of the war.

He worked with the U.S. staff of the United Nations at Lake Success, N.Y., in the 1940s. He also was on the staff of the Voice of America.

Born in Catonsville and raised in Guilford, he attended Gilman School, graduated from Yale University in 1934 and won a Rhodes Scholarship to University College at Oxford University.

He was divorced from Ann Brewer, whom he had married in 1947.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Collington Retirement Community, 10450 Lottsford Road, Mitchellville.

He is survived by three sons, Ronald Knox of Berwyn, Pa., and Gordon Knox and Andrew Knox, both of New York; two daughters, Ann K. Velletri of Bethesda and Marion Knox of Portland, Maine; a brother, Dr. J. H. M. Knox III of Baltimore; a sister, Helen Miller of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Patricia Y. Vergara, 77, volunteer, Navy nurse

Patricia Y. Vergara, a longtime volunteer who had served as a Navy nurse during World War II, died Sunday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 77.

The longtime resident of Dunellen Drive in Towson had been a volunteer for 18 years with WBAL's Call for Action Line. She also had volunteered for years at the Hampton House National Historic Site in Towson.

Born Patricia Yvonne White in Federal Park, now part of Perry Point Veterans Hospital, she was raised in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1944 from Syracuse University Hospital of the Good Shepherd.

She joined the Navy Nurse Corps and served at Sampson (N.Y.) Naval Base and at Bremerton, Wash., Navy Yard. She was discharged in 1946 with the rank of ensign.

That year, she married William C. Vergara. They settled in Towson in 1948. He died in 1994.

She enjoyed canoeing and bridge and was a member of the Great Books Club. She was a parishioner of Maryland Presbyterian Church, where she had sung in the choir.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

A son, Robert E. Vergara, died in the early 1970s. She has no immediate survivors.

Donna Y. Alston, 42, juvenile counselor

Donna Y. Alston, a Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice counselor, died Saturday of undetermined causes at Bon Secours Hospital. She was 42 and lived in Park Heights.

She had earlier worked for the Baltimore Association of Retarded Citizens and the Chimes. Earlier, she was an usher at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre.

Born in Baltimore, Donna Yvette Curry was raised in Ashburton. She graduated from Eastern High School in 1976 and received a degree in juvenile counseling from Coppin State College in 1983.

She was formerly active in the Girl Scouts and was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and the Queen Esther Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

In 1987, she married Bryan Alston, who survives her.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St., where she was a member and sang in the Beatitudes Choir.

She also is survived by a son, Earl Joseph Morris III of Hinesville, Ga.; her mother, Geraldine S. Curry of Baltimore; and a brother, Roland D. Curry Jr., also of Baltimore.

George E. Weicker Jr., 69, Bethlehem Steel engineer

George E. Weicker Jr., retired head of Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s industrial engineering department, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at his Catonsville home. He was 69.

Mr. Weicker, an industrial engineer, headed the industrial engineering department at Beth Steel's Sparrows Point plant for 34 years. He retired in 1985.

Born and raised in Washington, he was a graduate of St. John's College High School.

He attended the University of Maryland, College Park and played tackle on a football scholarship.

During the 1950s, he played with Arcadia, a semiprofessional football team. He also was a volunteer football coach at Glenelg High School from 1958 to 1962, and at Cardinal Gibbons High School from 1967 to 1971.

Mr. Weicker was a communicant of St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, 4711 Edmondson Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Evelyn Knapp; a son, George E. Weicker III of Nashville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren.

Pamela P. Clayton, 27, Orlando hotel manager

Pamela P. Clayton, a hotel manager and former Lutherville resident, died March 27 of pancreatitis at Florida Hospital in Orlando. She was 27 and lived in Clermont, Fla.

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