Ralph M. Pride Sr., 73, computer specialist

July 03, 2004

Ralph McKerney Pride Sr., a retired U.S. Defense Department worker and Korean War veteran, died of cancer Monday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Northeast Baltimore resident was 73.

Mr. Pride was born in Meherrin, Va., and raised in Chester, Pa., and Farmville, Va. After graduating from high school in 1950, he enlisted in the Air Force and served in Korea. He held the rank of staff sergeant at his discharge in 1955. He began his career that year with the Defense Department at Fort Meade. A computer specialist, he also worked for the department at old Fort Holabird and at Dundalk Marine Terminal until retiring in 1986.

In 1951, Mr. Pride married Earline Eleanor Thomas, who survives him.

He enjoyed cabinetmaking and collecting tropical fish. He was a member of the American Cichlid Association, an organization dedicated to freshwater fish that are found in tropical and subtropical waters.

Mr. Pride attended Our Savior Lutheran Church in Baltimore.

Services are private.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Ralph McKerney Pride Jr. of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Jennifer Ann Stockton of Deptford, N.J.; two sisters, Ruth Taylor of Farmville and Margaret Doswell of Washington; and two grandchildren. Another daughter, Vicki Lynn Jackson, died in 2000.

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