Melvin F. Wallace Sr., 82, president, director of bank...

November 06, 2001

Melvin F. Wallace Sr., 82, president, director of bank

Melvin F. Wallace Sr., retired president and former director of Bradford Federal Savings Bank, died Oct. 30 of diverticulitis at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. He was 82.

Mr. Wallace, a resident of Catonsville and Hampstead for many years, had lived in Ocean Pines since 1993.

He began his Baltimore banking career in 1946 at the former Bradford Federal Savings and Loan Association, working there until being named managing officer and director of Kenwood Federal Savings and Loan in 1959.

Mr. Wallace returned to Bradford Federal in 1967, when he was appointed chief executive officer, president and member of the board. He retired in 1978, but remained on the board until this year, when he was elected director emeritus.

Born and raised in East Baltimore, he was a 1937 graduate of City College and studied at the American Savings and Loan Institute. He served on the board of the institute's Baltimore chapter and was a past president of the Maryland Controllers Society and Maryland Savings and Loan League.

He served in the Army during World War II as a company clerk at Camp Wheeler, Ga.

Services were Saturday.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Regina D. Gretsky; two sons, Melvin F. Wallace Jr. of Berlin and David F. Wallace of Bel Air; and six grandchildren.

Barbara Finney Nelson, 62, public school educator

Barbara Finney Nelson, a retired Baltimore public school educator, died of cancer Oct. 30 at Joseph Richey Hospice. She was 62 and lived in Northeast Baltimore.

An elementary school teacher for 35 years, Mrs. Nelson retired in 1998 from William Paca Elementary School where she established "Nelson's Learning Center," a day care and education center.

Born Barbara Finney, she was a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and earned a bachelor's degree in education from Coppin State College in 1964.

She was married in 1967 to Samuel Nelson Sr., who died in 1992.

Mrs. Nelson was a member of the Happy Sappy Set Club and Lambda Kappa Mu, and a lifelong member of St. James Episcopal Church, Lafayette and Arlington avenues, where services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow .

She is survived by a son, Samuel Nelson Jr., and a daughter, Gail Thaxton, both of Baltimore; two stepsons, Ernest Nelson and James McLean, both of Baltimore; three stepdaughters, Virginia Singleton of San Diego, Barbara Williams of Temple, Texas, and Regina Latham of New Orleans; and nine grandchildren.

William E. Eyring Sr., 86, attorney for family firms

William E. Eyring Sr., a retired Baltimore attorney who lived in the Hampton section of Baltimore County, died Oct. 30 of undetermined causes at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 86.

Born and raised in Highlandtown, Mr. Eyring was a 1934 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1938 and his law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1942.

His law career at the firm of Venable, Baetjer and Howard was interrupted by World War II, when he went to work for Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River. After the war, he joined E. Eyring and Sons, a family contracting company, as legal counsel.

When the company disbanded in 1975, he became legal counsel for Eyring and Ritz Enterprises, a family-owned property management company. He retired in 1999.

Mr. Eyring was a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Highlandtown and a communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

Services were Friday.

Mr. Eyring is survived by his wife, the former Grace Janedell Guemple, whom he married in 1940; three sons, William E. Eyring Jr. of White Hall, Robert J. Eyring of Baltimore and James H. Eyring of Jarrettsville; a daughter, Nancy C. Clarkson of Timonium; a sister, Veronica E. Miller of Sparks; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Richard F. Cadigan Sr., 71, partner in law firm

Richard Foster Cadigan Sr., a retired partner in a Towson law firm and expert in estate work, died Friday of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He was 71.

Mr. Cadigan, who had lived for many years in Ruxton before moving to Towson several months ago, had practiced law in the Baltimore area since 1957 and in Towson since the late 1960s. He established the firm of Beach, Cadigan & Kahl in 1977, and retired in 1995 from what was then Beach, Cadigan & Martin.

He was chairman of the Baltimore County Bar Association from 1978 to 1979.

Born and raised in Govans, he graduated from Loyola Blakefield in 1948 and earned his bachelor's degree from Loyola College in 1952. He served in the Air Force before graduating in 1957 from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Mr. Cadigan had served on the board of Villa Julie College, and was a member of the St. Andrews Society of Baltimore, St. George's Society, Society of the War of 1812 and Hibernian Society. He was a descendant of a colonial settler of northern Baltimore County.

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