Ruth E. Meade, 70, city, county schoolteacher Ruth E...

November 09, 2001

Ruth E. Meade, 70, city, county schoolteacher

Ruth E. Meade, who taught in Baltimore County and city public elementary schools, died of lymphoma Sunday at St. Agnes HealthCare. She was 70 and lived in Catonsville.

Mrs. Meade taught at Violetville Elementary School from 1966 to 1972 and, until retiring in 1987, was on the faculty of Arbutus Elementary School.

The former Ruth E. Brant was born and raised in McHenry, in Garrett County, where she attended a one-room elementary school. After graduating from Accident High School in 1947, she attended Catherman's Business School in Cumberland and was a credit investigator for 18 years.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Towson State College in the early 1970s.

In 1949, she married Fay Allen Meade, an electrical engineer who died in 1996.

Mrs. Meade was a member of the Woman's Club of Catonsville, Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority, the Maryland Retired Teachers Association and Violetville United Methodist Church, where she taught church school kindergarten for many years.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by two sons, Charles A. Meade of Herndon, Va., and John W. Meade of West Friendship; a brother, Raymond Brant of McHenry; three sisters, Shirley Casteel of Rawlings, Allegany County, June Spear of Florida and Jessie Bashum of Roanoke, Va.; and five grandchildren.

Frank A. Skubal Sr., 81, welding company founder

Frank A. Skubal Sr., founder and former owner of Marshall & Skubal, an Annapolis welding company, died Saturday of a stroke at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 81.

The Annapolis resident was a welder at the U.S. Naval Station in Annapolis before establishing Marshall & Skubal in the early 1950s. He retired in 1984, and the business is operated by a son under the name Hawkins & Skubal.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Annapolis, Mr. Skubal was a graduate of Annapolis High School. During World War II, he was a chief petty officer in the Navy.

He enjoyed reading and working in his large vegetable garden.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and he had been a member of and secretary for the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Plumbers Association. He also had been a volunteer firefighter for many years with the West Annapolis Volunteer Fire Department.

Services were held Wednesday.

Mr. Skubal is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Elizabeth M. Sweeney; a son, Frank A. Skubal Jr., and two daughters, Christine Faudree and Maria R. Dawson, all of Annapolis; a stepson, Richard Hawkins of Edgewater; a stepdaughter, Mary Cheatham of Fort Myers, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Margaret S. Kent, 94, advocate for deaf children

Margaret S. Kent, a nationally known advocate for deaf children who was principal of Maryland School for the Deaf for 27 years, died Monday at her Frederick home of complications from a stroke. She was 94.

Miss Kent taught at the school for 20 years before being named principal in 1946. She retired in 1973.

She later served on the school's board of visitors for several years. Her name and that of her aunt, Hazel McCanner, are on the school's Kent-McCanner classroom building, which was dedicated in 1976.

Born in Philadelphia, Miss Kent moved as a child to Frederick, where she was raised by her grandmother. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in deaf education from Columbia University.

She was a member of the Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf, the Alexander Graham Bell Association, the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology and the Council of Exceptional Children.

She is survived by seven cousins.

Services were held yesterday in Frederick.

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