Jerome McManus dies at age 78

Defense contractor gave tours of Camden Yards and was a GBMC volunteer

April 14, 2010|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

Jerome Smith McManus, a retired defense contractor and Orioles tour guide, died April 6 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was 78 and lived in Mays Chapel Village.

Family members said he suffered an apparent heart attack while in the parking lot of a Cockeysville store. His car struck a utility pole.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Whitney Avenue, he was the son of James I. McManus, a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad executive, and the former Mary Smith, whose family lent its name to Smith Avenue in Mount Washington.

He attended Shrine of the Sacred Heart School and was a 1948 Loyola High School graduate. During the Korean War, he served in the Air Force and then earned a bachelor's degree from what was then Loyola College. He also had a master's degree in interdisciplinary sciences from American University.

He was a Martin Marietta technical editor and worked on the Atlas, Gemini and Apollo space programs.

He joined the Institute for Defense Analysis in Arlington, Va., in 1967 and was technical editor for research and development.

In 1980, he joined MITRE, a contractor to the Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He worked with NATO at The Hague, Netherlands. He retired in 1996.

He then became a Baltimore Orioles tour guide and provided information about the ballpark as well as the city.

"He liked people and was good at engaging them. Children always took to him," said his wife, Mary M. Tagliavia.

He worked at Camden Yards until the night before he died.

He was also the president of the Merrion Court Home Owners Association and volunteered in the admissions department at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

A Mass was held Saturday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville, where he was a member.

In addition to his wife of 26 years, survivors include three sons, Bud McManus of Hampstead, Michael McManus of Orlando, Fla., and Chris McManus of Parkton; seven daughters, Susan Goldsborough of Hampstead, Terry McManus of Belmont, Calif., MaryBeth King of Freeland, Laurie Meyers and Kerry McManus-Marconi, both of Forest Hill, Kathy Parks and Nancy Janowiak, both of Bel Air; two sisters, Frances O'Neil of Baltimore and Marjorie Vincent of Frederick; 22 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. His marriage to Dolores Eve Goetz ended in divorce.

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