Dr. Merle L. Gibson Jr., 79, division director at FDA...

September 29, 2001

Dr. Merle L. Gibson Jr., 79, division director at FDA

Dr. Merle Leon Gibson Jr., a physician who retired in 1983 as director of the anti-infectious diseases division of the federal Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, died Wednesday of complications from a stroke at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick. He was 79 and lived in Owings in Calvert County.

He practiced medicine in Baltimore and in Calvert County before taking the federal post in 1960.

Born in Lower Marlboro, now part of Owings, he was a 1949 graduate of Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree, and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He later studied at Tufts, Yale and the Johns Hopkins universities.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces and flew 26 bombing missions over Germany. He was wounded by flak and received the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three oak-leaf clusters.

In retirement, he did genealogical research on his family. He was a member of the Calvert County and the Maryland historical societies.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church, Owings.

He is survived by a brother, James William Gibson of Chesapeake Beach; a sister, Eunice Victory King of Huntingtown; and several nephews and nieces, including Jean Marie King of Owings, with whom he lived.

James McMurray Joyner, 84, Marine officer, salesman

James McMurray "Jimbo" Joyner, a career Marine Corps officer who became a salesman for Genstar and American Stone companies, died Sunday after a series of strokes at Patriots' Colony, a retirement community in Williamsburg, Va. He was 84 and had lived in Towson.

Born in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., Mr. Joyner was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His 22 years in the Marines included World War II, with combat at Guadalcanal in the western Pacific, and the Korean War. He retired in 1963 as a lieutenant colonel.

Mr. Joyner settled in Towson in the early 1960s, and after leaving the military, he worked as a salesman for Genstar in Towson until 1982, then American Stone Inc. until 1995.

He was a vestryman at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore and a member of the St. Andrew's Society before moving to Williamsburg in 1998.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Patriots' Colony.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Helen Reid "Sam" Sutton; three daughters, Reid Abell of Williamsburg, Pamela Freeman of Charlotte, N.C., and Lang Etheridge of Norfolk, Va.; a brother, Francis Joyner of Goldsboro, N.C.; two sisters, Elizabeth Brown of northern Virginia and Margaret Baechtold of Sarasota, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

James C. Crueger Sr., 80, steamship firm executive

James Clayton Crueger Sr., a retired vice president of Ramsay, Scarlett & Co. Inc. steamship agency in Baltimore, died Sunday of heart failure at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford, Pa. He was 80 and had lived in Towson about 35 years before moving to Pennsylvania in 1998.

Born in Waynesboro, Pa., Mr. Crueger graduated from Charlotte Hall Military Academy in St. Mary's County, where he played football and basketball, then attended Baltimore's Loyola College for three years. He served during World War II with the U.S. armed services in Europe, landing on Omaha Beach on the second day of the invasion of Normandy.

"He was 21 the day Pearl Harbor was bombed [Dec. 7, 1941] and he had his first drink in Baltimore," said his wife of 55 years, the former Nancy Revell. Soon after, he joined the armed services and served until October 1945.

Mr. Crueger worked for about 20 years for Baltimore's Ramsay, Scarlett & Co., retiring as vice president of sales and marketing in 1983. Previously, he had been a vice president of the old Bull Lines steamship company, working at various times in Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. He left that agency after about 18 years.

Helen Delich Bentley, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and maritime reporter for The Sun, now a maritime-business consultant, served as a toastmistress at one of Mr. Crueger's three retirement parties.

"He was a very amiable person, a very thorough person in his work," she said. "He got the job done for Ramsay, Scarlett."

In Baltimore, Mr. Crueger was a member of the Merchant Club, the Traffic Club of Maryland and the Propeller Club, and he had also been a member of the Philadelphia Athletic Club and the Downtown Athletic Club in New York.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Hunsworth Room at the Ware Presbyterian Village Health Center.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, James Clayton Crueger Jr. of Chicago; a daughter, Nan Revell Altman of Philadelphia; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Ware Presbyterian Village Nursing Department, 7 E. Locust St., Oxford, Pa. 19363.

Gerald Frederick Englar, 85, residential real estate agent

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