John Samuel Revelle, 86, insurance salesman

January 30, 2004

John Samuel Revelle, a retired insurance salesman and Army National Guard lieutenant colonel, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 23 at Maryland General Hospital. The Bolton Hill resident was 86.

Mr. Revelle's mother died during childbirth at Crisfield's old Marine Hospital, and he was raised by the hospital's head nurse, Florence S. Smith, in Crisfield and Salisbury. She arranged for a scholarship enabling Mr. Revelle to attend McDonogh School, where he was a 1937 graduate. He remained active in alumni affairs, and his son and two grandchildren also became graduates of the school.

In 1940, he enlisted in the Maryland National Guard. He attended officer's candidate school in 1942, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant and served stateside during World War II. He rejoined the Guard after the war and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was an active member of the 29th Division Association.

For many years, Mr. Revelle sold insurance for the New England Mutual and Continental American Life Insurance companies from an office in Charles Center. He retired 25 years ago.

A Mason, Mr. Revelle was a member and past master of Centre Lodge No. 108.

Services were held Tuesday at St. David's Episcopal Church, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Emma Bird; a son, John S. Revelle Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Lynn Bird Ferguson Nagle of Towson; a sister, Florence W. Doggett of Crisfield; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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