Maurice H. Weeks, 81, toxicologist, pharmacologist

April 24, 2002

Maurice H. Weeks, a retired toxicologist and pharmacologist who was active in Harford County Democratic politics, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 81.

A Bel Air resident since 1954, Mr. Weeks was born and raised in Germantown, N.Y. After graduation from high school there, he earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

Mr. Weeks retired in 1995 after a 41-year career in work that was highly classified at the Edgewood area of Aberdeen Proving Ground. He had been sent by the federal government as a consultant to meetings of the World Health Organization in Geneva, and was an adviser to Monsanto Chemical Co.

In 1949, he married June C. King, who was mayor of Bel Air from 1976 to 1983 and survives him.

"He had a lifelong passion for liberal Democratic politics," said his son, Christopher H.C. Weeks, a Bel Air architect and writer. "He was active in the integration movement and would often take a black friend to all-white Harford County restaurants in the 1950s. And this was not done without some risks. During the McCarthy period, he was investigated for his views."

Mr. Weeks was a history buff, and enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening and collecting U.S. coins.

He was a communicant and former verger of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Bel Air.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at McComas Funeral Home, 1317 Cokesbury Road, Abingdon.

Mr. Weeks also is survived by a daughter, Mary R. Ranneberger of Bel Air; a sister, Gladys Miller of Columbia County, N.Y.; two grandsons; and several nephews and nieces.

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