Theodore F. Elliott Sr., 85, aircraft training

November 09, 2003

Theodore F. Elliott Sr., 85, aircraft training director

Theodore Franklin Elliott Sr., a retired aircraft training director who later owned a tavern, died Tuesday of kidney failure at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Salisbury resident was 85.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, he attended City College before becoming an accountant for a Pulaski Highway oil company. After serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II, he joined the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River, where he became director of training before his 1969 retirement. Family members said he was part of his company's team that developed the Project Mercury space capsule.

In the 1970s he bought and operated a Taylorsville restaurant and tavern, Ted and Mary's, which he ran for nine years. He moved to Salisbury about 20 years ago and belonged to the American Legion and the Salisbury Moose.

Services are private.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Mary Constance Matrangola; three sons, Theodore Franklin Elliott Jr. of Ocean Pines, Robert J. Elliott of Salisbury and William Francis Elliott of Edgemere; three sisters, Marie Booth, Anna Brice and Mildred Adkins, all of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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