George Clinton Bailey, 88, executive at Glenn L. Martin aircraft company

April 27, 2003|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

George Clinton Bailey, a retired Glenn L. Martin Co. aircraft executive who was active in the Lutheran Church, died Thursday of complications of an infection at Oak Crest Renaissance in Parkville. The former West Towson resident was 88.

Born in New Freedom, Pa., he moved to Baltimore with his family and was raised on St. George's Avenue in Northeast Baltimore. He was a 1932 graduate of City College. Mr. Bailey studied engineering at the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1934 he joined the Martin aircraft plant in Middle River. He rose through its ranks until he became head of its Standards Group, an engineering section whose members tested and approved for installation many of the component parts purchased from other manufacturers.

"He had a nice personality and was known as a kind boss," said Sylvester J. Henkel, a Martin colleague who lives in Fullerton. "His style was soft-spoken. He was outgoing without being pushy."

Colleagues said Mr. Bailey and his group established purchasing standards for several planes, including the Martin PBM Mariner Flying Boat, used in World War II rescues and in anti-submarine surveillance, and the B-26 bomber that was employed extensively by the Allies in World War II.

"He was friendly, outgoing and popular with his co-workers," said William F. Barton, a friend who lives in Kingsville.

While working at Martin, he met his future wife, Eris Phillips, who was then an aircraft stress analyst. She later became a Towson High School mathematics teacher who also taught Towson University freshman courses. She survives him.

Mr. Bailey retired in 1969 from what had become the Martin- Marietta Corp.

He then took a part-time position with Dynatherm Corp., a Hunt Valley manufacturer of spacecraft thermal systems. He retired in 1995 at age 81 as director of procurement.

Mr. Bailey was a longtime member of Towson's First Lutheran Church. Over the years he had been its congregational president, deacon, and chairman of properties and maintenance.

He spent weekends gardening at his West Towson home and cultivated boxwood and dogwood.

He owned a 30-foot sailboat, the Valentine, and cruised the Chesapeake Bay. He also sailed the Caribbean.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran, 40 E. Burke Ave.

In addition to his wife, survivors include four sons, Dennis G. Bailey of Glen Arm, Douglas C. Bailey of Ellicott City, David J. Bailey of Abingdon and Derek L. Bailey of Fork; a daughter, Dianne B. Kozak of Annapolis; and 11 grandchildren.

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