Albert F. Smolko, 74, General Motors inspector Albert...

May 23, 2001

Albert F. Smolko, 74, General Motors inspector

Albert F. Smolko, a retired General Motors Corp. inspector who enjoyed racing pigeons, died May 16 at his Dundalk home after suffering a heart attack. He was 74.

Mr. Smolko worked for 30 years as an inspector at GM's Broening Highway plant and retired in 1977.

An avid homing pigeon fancier, he was secretary of the Hamilton Pigeon Club at his death.

He trained birds and entered them in racing competitions. The birds often flew 600 miles or more to return to their Dundalk rookery.

For years, Mr. Smolko and his pigeons were part of the Special Olympics opening ceremonies at Towson University.

The Dundalk native was a graduate of Sparrows Point High School and was a paratrooper during World War II.

A memorial Mass was offered Monday.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Mary Lee Allen; a son, Thomas A. Smolko of Pasadena; two daughters, Sharon Hall of Dundalk and Katherine Knight of Severna Park; a brother, Joseph Smolko of Dundalk; two sisters, Mary Wicklein of Elkridge and Rose Scarcella of Dundalk; and five grandchildren.

Doris S. Hauswald, 79, homemaker, needleworker

Doris Snowden Hauswald, a homemaker and talented needleworker, died May 16 of complications of diabetes at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. The Towson resident was 79.

Mrs. Hauswald was expert at embroidery and crewelwork, giving much of her needlework as gifts. She enjoyed reading, cooking, entertaining, summers at Ocean City and traveling.

She enjoyed nothing as much as taking care of her home and family, said daughter Carol A. Wright of Salisbury.

She was born in Hampden and graduated from Forest Park High School in 1944.

That year, she married John Philip Hauswald, who survives her.

Mrs. Hauswald was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lutherville, where a memorial service was held Sunday.

She also is survived by four sons, John P. Hauswald Jr. of Eldersburg, Carl C. Hauswald II of Hanover, Pa., Paul S. Hauswald of Glen Arm and Mark Z. Hauswald of Towson; another daughter, Linda H. Weston of Sykesville; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Harry O. Chandler, 79, phone company engineer

Harry O. Chandler, a retired engineer, died Thursday of heart failure at Englewood Community Hospital in Florida. He was 79 and had lived in Towson before moving to Englewood in 1983.

He retired in 1982 from the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., where he had worked for 38 years as an engineer in the Towson office.

Born in Baltimore, he attended Boys Vocational School. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Caribbean.

In 1944, he married Lolita DuVal, who survives him.

Funeral services are private.

Mr. Chandler also is survived by a son, Michael Chandler of Swampscott, Mass.; a daughter, Katherine Chandler of Englewood; a brother, Charles Chandler of Baltimore; a sister, Emily Peiffer of Ocala, Fla.; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Maxine B. Thomas, 99, volunteer, homemaker

Maxine B. Thomas, a former Govans resident and homemaker, died in her sleep Monday at a Naples, Fla., nursing home. She was 99.

Mrs. Thomas had lived in Naples since 1992.

She had volunteered for many years at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She was a longtime parishioner and Sunday school teacher at Gregory Memorial Baptist Church on York Road, which is now Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church in Lutherville.

Maxine Buckenham was born in Milwaukee and graduated from high school in London. She was studying nursing when she married Harry Thomas in 1921. He died in 1967.

A memorial service for Mrs. Thomas will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Fuller Funeral Home, 1625 Pine Ridge Road, Naples.

She is survived by a daughter, Rheta T. Reid of Naples.


Tad Szulc, 74, a longtime foreign and diplomatic correspondent who reported the Bay of Pigs invasion for The New York Times, died of liver and lung cancer Monday in Washington.

He was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1926. In 1945, he dropped out of the University of Brazil and became a reporter for the Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro. In 1947, he moved to the United States and became United Nations correspondent for United Press.

He joined the Times in 1953 and became a U.S. citizen in 1954. During his 20 years at the Times, he was assigned to Washington, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Eastern Europe. In April 1961, while working as a Miami correspondent, he learned of President John F. Kennedy's plans to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs.

After leaving the Times, Mr. Szulc wrote about world affairs for Parade magazine as well as numerous books, including biographies of Fidel Castro and Pope John Paul II. His most recent book was the 2000 novel "To Kill the Pope," based on the 1981 assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II.

Andrew Howard, 34, one half of what was believed to be the country's first openly gay couple to host a radio talk show, died Monday of a pulmonary embolism.

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