Melvin E. Squire Sr., 68, shipyard worker, athlete...

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January 06, 2002

Melvin E. Squire Sr., 68, shipyard worker, athlete

Melvin E. Squire Sr., a retired shipyard worker and former semi- professional football player, died Wednesday of lung cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 68.

Mr. Squire, a 30-year Northwood resident, retired in the early 1980s on a medical disability from Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Key Highway Shipyard, where he had worked for 15 years as a sandblaster cleaning the hulls of dry-docked ships.

Earlier, he had worked as a grinder for many years at Eastern Stainless Steel Corp.

Born in Baltimore and raised in West Baltimore, Mr. Squire was a graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical Senior High School. He served in the Marine Corps from 1954 until 1958, when he was discharged with the rank of private.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Mr. Squire was a running back for the Baltimore Rams, a semi-professional football team.

He had attended the Philadelphia Eagles training camp, where he had been a prospect, but declined an offer to play because his wife, the former Josephine Robertson, whom he had married in 1958, was expecting the couple's first child.

Mr. Squire also played baseball and was a member of the Dolphin Athletic Club in Baltimore.

Interested in young people, he coached Little League and football. Family members said he was an "advocate for young people" and helped them get jobs, public assistance or legal aid.

Mr. Squire was a collector and wearer of hats. In the summer months, he sported a rolled-brim Panama and in the winter, fedoras.

He was a member of New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday .

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Melvin E. Squire Jr. of Fort Washington and Brian K. Squire of Catonsville; three daughters, Crystal Y. Dunn and Melody L. Barbour, both of Randallstown, and Lisa M. Squire of Baltimore; three brothers, Marvin Squire of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., George Squire of Atlantic City, N.J., and Ray Squire of Henryco, N.C.; two sisters Delores Jenkins of Woodlawn and Valerie Taylor of Poughkeepsie; an aunt, Maude Brown of New York; a cousin, Loretta Winphrie of Baltimore; and 10 grandchildren.

Memorial service

Eleanor Key Lynn: A memorial service for Eleanor K. Lynn, a homemaker and former registered nurse who died Nov. 19, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church, Charles Street and Northern Parkway. The Homeland resident was 78.


Miklos "Miki" Dora, 67, the legendary "Black Knight" of surfing who spurned contests and railed at Hollywood's glamorization of the sport, died Thursday of cancer. Mr. Dora, who had been living in France, died at his father's home in Montecito, outside Santa Barbara, Calif. He had returned after learning he had terminal pancreatic cancer, friends told the Santa Barbara News-Press.

A fixture at Malibu's beaches in the 1950s and '60s, Mr. Dora was credited with helping to popularize surfing with young beachgoers while giving the sport an outlaw image among outsiders. The stepson of Grad Chapin, a legendary surfer of the 1930s and '40s, he honed his skills surfing at Malibu long before others knew the place existed. As other surfers began arriving in the 1960s, they quickly began to adopt his stance -- upright with a slight bend in the knees.

David Swift, 82, who wrote and directed the Walt Disney movies Pollyanna and The Parent Trap, which made Hayley Mills a teen-age star, died Monday of a heart attack in Los Angeles.

Mr. Swift also created one of television's earliest comedy hits, Mr. Peepers. The show, broadcast live from New York in the early 1950s, starred Wally Cox as mild-mannered science teacher Robinson J. Peepers.

Mr. Swift joined the Walt Disney Studios as an assistant animator in the 1930s. He worked on films including Fantasia, Peter Pan, Pinocchio and Snow White before moving into writing, directing and producing for radio, television and films.

The Rev. John Randolph Taylor, 72, an architect of the 1983 reunification of the northern and southern Presbyterian denominations, died Friday at his home in Black Mountain, N.C.

Mr. Taylor, who had been suffering from multiple myeloma and kidney disease, was a leader on the committee working to form what is now the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He was elected moderator of the denomination's General Assembly the same year as the merger.

Mr. Taylor served as president of San Francisco Theological Seminary from 1985 until his retirement in 1994. In the 1960s, he was involved in the civil rights movement, marching with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma and Montgomery, Ala. He graduated from Davidson College, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Moe Greengrass, 84, who became Manhattan's "Sturgeon King" when his father, Barney Greengrass, left him the family's Upper West Side shrine to smoked fish, chopped liver and a good joke, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday in New York.

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