Milton Charles Vanik, 76, chemist, Army reservist

May 26, 2006

Milton Charles Vanik, a retired chemist, died of cancer Monday at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie. The Severna Park resident was 76.

Born in Carney, he was a Towson High School graduate and earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and doctorate in physical chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University.

He served in the Army Reserve.

He began work at Farboil Paint Co. on Key Highway and later did polymer research for W.R. Grace Co. He worked at the cement and lime division of Martin-Marietta Corp. on Rolling Road and was ceramic engineer and research department head at Locke Insulators Inc. in South Baltimore, retiring there in 1994.

In 1998, he was ordained as a minister and was active in a prison ministry through Baltimore Christian Faith Church. He often visited the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup.

Dr. Vanik was a past president of the Fairwinds Community Association in Severna Park. He enjoyed fishing and crabbing on the Severn River and spending time in his greenhouse raising geraniums and tomatoes, family members said.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. today at Barranco and Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway.

Survivors include his wife of six years, the former Linda Hackman; a son, Neil W. Vanik of Arnold; a daughter, Melanie Shoop of Richmond, Va.; a brother, Howard Vanik of Vero Beach, Fla.; and six grandchildren. His wife of 40 years, the former Arnette Ginidowski, died in 1994.

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