Gunther, Jr., Thomas Michael

July 06, 2005

On Sunday, July 3, 2005, in Salem, VA, THOMAS MICHAEL GUNTHER, JR., a retired Physical Science Administrator at Edgewood Arsenal. Mr. Gunther, whose great-grandfather, Michael, arrived in Baltimore from Bavaria before the Civil War, was born in the city in 1918. He was a graduate of Loyola High School and of Loyola College (Class of 1939). During the Second World War, he worked for the Naval Hydrographic Office in Washington, D.C. and served in the Pacific. In May 1946, National Geographic published an illustrated article on his ship's servicing of Arctic airbases. On November 14, 1945, he married Cathrin Patricia Burke, of Waverly, NY, at the Anacostia Naval Base in Washington. In 1946, Mr. Gunther left active duty and returned to Baltimore. After a brief stint at National Can, he worked in administration at Spring Grove Hospital until 1954. From 1954 until his retirement in 1978, Mr. Gunther was a Physical Science Administrator in the Chemical Systems Laboratory at Edgewood Arsenal. A lifelong resident of Baltimore and Towson, Mr. Gunther moved to Ridgewood Gardens in Salem, VA, in 2004. Mr. Gunther is survived by his wife, Cathrin and two sons: Thomas Michael Gunther, III, of Paris, France and Michael Francis Gunther and his wife, Angela Price Gunther, of Blacksburg, VA. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date. Arrangements by John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home, Salem. On-line condolences may be made at www.johnmoakey.com

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