Andrew Manlove, 41, printer's employee

November 28, 2005

Andrew Tod Manlove, who overcame dyslexia and a rare form of brain cancer to pursue a successful career in the printing industry, died Thursday of inoperable gastric cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 41 and a longtime Towson resident.

Born in St. Paul, Minn., Mr. Manlove was identified as learning-disabled by teachers in elementary school. Undeterred, he prevailed over dyslexia and went on to graduate from Dulaney High School in 1982.

Shortly after graduation, Mr. Manlove underwent treatment to remove a tumor that doctors said had been growing in his brain since childhood. The radiation treatments required to cure the cancer wiped away much of his progress over dyslexia, said his father, John Manlove of Towson.

"Still, he didn't quit," said the elder Mr. Manlove. "We were pretty proud of that kid."

At a Maryland vocational rehabilitation center, Mr. Manlove was introduced to the printing business. In 1987, he became a folder for Advance Printing Inc. in Baltimore, where he worked until retiring in October.

"He was absolutely dedicated to it," said his father, adding that one of the first questions he asked his oncologist this year after being diagnosed with gastric cancer was when he could return to work. "He couldn't wait to get back to that job. It was important to him."

Mr. Manlove enjoyed playing rock guitar and fishing with family on the Chester River.

A memorial gathering will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care, 6601 N. Charles St.

In addition to his father, Mr. Manlove is survived by his mother, Marilyn Manlove of Towson; a sister, Jennifer Manlove of Silver Spring; and a brother, Gregory Manlove of Kokomo, Ind.

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