Dr. John H. Blackwell of Columbia lost his battle with colon cancer Oct. 9 at Howard County General Hospital. He was 68.
A native of Philadelpia, Dr. Blackwell graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, now known as the University of Sciences in Philadelphia. He received a master's degree and doctorate from Cornell University.
Dr. Blackwell, who served in the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge, earned a reputation as a respected and sought-after leader in the agriculture and veterinary sciences community. He enjoyed a long, prestigious career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serving as a microbiologist and food hygienist at USDA's Plum Island Animal Disease Center from 1975-1988. He then served as a senior staff microbiologist and chief of the meat imports branch of USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Following his retirement from APHIS, Dr. Blackwell started his own consultancy, Food Marketing Services International, and worked to improve food safety regulations in Europe and Latin America. He served as a vice-president of HACCP Consulting Group LLC, a food safety management consortium.
Dr. Blackwell, who authored and coauthored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, had been a lover of the arts. He was an avid football fan and a doting grandfather to his three grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.
Dr. Blackwell is survived by his wife, Maria Blackwell; brother, Robert Blackwell; sons, Dennis Blackwell and Dustin Blackwell; daughter, Donna M. Balderston; son-in-law, Rocky Balderston; and daughter-in-law, Pam Blackwell.
A memorial service will be held at noon Nov. 2 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mr. Blackwell to the American Cancer Society, Howard County Division, P.O. Box 6, Ellicott City, MD 21041.
Jane Graham of Columbia died Oct.18 at Howard County General Hospital. She was 65.
Born in 1937 in Richmond, Va., she had been a teacher.
She is survived by her sons, Kevin Graham, Brian Graham, Eric Graham and Gregory Graham; sister, Betty Bergen; brother, Stanley Ford; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Edward Ford Jr.
Services were held Oct. 22 at St. John the Evangelist Church, with the Rev. Richard Tillman officiating. Burial took place at Columbia Memorial Park.
Kenneth W. Miller
Kenneth W. Miller, formerly of Columbia, died Oct. 11 at Mease Hospital Dunedin in Dunedin, Fla. He was 92.
Born in Pittsburgh on April 4, 1910, Mr. Miller earned a bachelor's degree in secondary and elementary education in 1933 from the California State Teachers College, now known as California University of Pennsylvania.
The World War II veteran earned his master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1940. He attended graduate school at Pennsylvania State University from 1952-1954.
Mr. Miller, who had been an elementary and high school teacher, had also been a high school principal and supervising principal.
He was the superintendent of schools from 1949-1966 in Bellefonte, Pa., and assistant county superintendent of schools in Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pa., from 1966-1971.
Mr. Miller lived in Columbia before moving to Clearwater, Fla., in 1977.
He had been a member of professional organizations including Pennsylvania State Education Association and the American Association of School Administrators.
Mr. Miller is survived by his daughter, Joyce M. Demmit of Columbia; sister, Dorothy M. Hellman of Florida; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia B. Miller.
A funeral service was held Oct. 19 in Clearwater, Fla. Burial took place after the service.
George N. Keady
George Norris Keady of Mount Airy died suddenly Oct. 10 at St. Agnes Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 66.
Born May 29, 1936, in Little Rock, Ark., he was the son of the late Norris and Iris Havard Keady. He was the husband of Barbara Anna Rader Keady of Mount Airy. They had been married for 45 years.
Mr. Keady, an Army veteran and member of the National Guard, worked as a truck driver for Cedar Rapids Steel Transport.
For many years, he coached junior ice hockey in Howard County.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Margaret Gott of Albuquerque, N.M., and Meredith Keady of Mount Airy; sons, Matthew Keady of Mount Airy and Thomas Keady of Columbia; sister, Shirley Poore of Bella Vista, Ark.; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services and interment were held Oct. 17 at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery.
David H. Marshall
David Howard Marshall, formerly of Columbia, died unexpectedly of a heart attack Oct. 6 in Baltimore. He was 41.
Mr. Marshall attended elementary school and church at St. Francis de Sales in Washington, D.C. He later attended church at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Baltimore.
He and his family moved to Columbia in the early 70s. Mr. Marshall, who attended both Ellicott City and Oakland Mills middle schools, was a 1981 graduate of Oakland Mills High School.
He attended Bowie State University on a basketball scholarship. After a couple years of college, he decided to enter the U.S. Army.
Mr. Marshall, who loved basketball and football, passed on his talents to his son, Alonzo Craig Marshall, who played football at Paint Branch High School and Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia.
Mr. Marshall is survived by his son, Alonzo Craig Marshall of Silver Spring; parents, John and Elsie Just-Buddy of Bowie, Md.; brother and sister-in-law, Carlton and Carol Thomas Marshall of Washington, D.C.; sister, Dona Maria Marshall of Columbia; sister and brother-in-law, Robin and Stanley Washington of Atlanta, Ga.; and grandmother, Lucille Lee Just-Buddy of Washington, D.C.
A funeral service took place Oct. 12 at the Third Baptist Church in Washington D.C. Burial took place at Harmony Memorial Cemetery in Lanham, Md.
Adele Vellutello of Columbia died Oct. 17 at her home. She was 84.
Born Adele Bovio in New York City, Mrs. Vellutello had been a former executive of the Conston Corp., a retail clothing firm.
After marrying the late Samuel Vellutello, she moved to Philadelphia.
In 1956, she began a 35-year career with Conston. She retired in 1989 with the title of senior vice president of store operations.
In 1981, she received recognition from the NAACP for her leadership in fair hiring practices.
Mrs. Vellutello had been a pioneer in providing fashionable clothing to large-sized women at Conston.
After retiring, she moved to the Leisure World Retirement Community.
Despite her physical handicaps, Mrs. Vellutello volunteered at the National Institutes of Health Pediatric Clinic in Bethesda. There, she worked with parents and children who had HIV or cancer.
Mrs. Vellutello, who had been an active volunteer at NIH from 1990 to 2000, was recognized with an award for her outstanding volunteer service.
In 1998, she moved to Columbia and became a volunteer at Vantage House.
Mrs. Vellutello is survived by her daughter, Julia Kayser; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
A memorial service will take place at noon Nov. 9 at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, N.Y. 10016.
Shirley H. Hobbs
Shirley Hager Hobbs of Glenwood died Oct. 20 at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. She was 77.
Born Sept.15, 1925, in Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Ross Boring Hager and the late Esther Hager McGohan. She was the wife of the late Charles A. Hobbs IV.
Mrs. Hobbs, who was a homemaker for most of her life, had been a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City and served as president of the Howard County Historical Society.
Mrs. Hobbs, who had been an administrator with Historic Waverly, was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Charles A.V. and Anne B. Hobbs of Riverside, Calif., John M. and Jamie R. Hobbs of Glenwood and James D.H. and Cheryl K. Hobbs of Glenwood; son, Matthew R. Hobbs of Glenwood; daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth H. and William Blackert Jr. of Glenwood; brother and sister-in-law, Robert R. and Lee A. Hager of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Services will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 25 from St. John's Episcopal Church, with the Rev. William Shiflett officiating. Interment will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery.
John J. Quann
John Joseph Quann of Highland died following a brain hemorrhage Oct. 10 at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 64.
Born in 1937 in New York, Mr. Quann had been deputy director for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Directly after college in 1959, Mr. Quann joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. An early space pioneer, Mr. Quann contributed to the success of hundreds of space missions, including the development phase of the Hubble Space Telescope.
He had been instrumental in developing and managing major ground systems for spacecraft data processing.
Prior to his appointment as deputy director, he served as Goddard's director of the Mission and Data Operations Directorate.
Upon request of the executive office of former President Carter, he lead the development of the Decision Information Display System, which produced full color demographic maps of statistical information. The system was used by the legislative and executive branches of the government.
Mr. Quann was awarded the NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership and received two letters of commendation from the executive office of former President Reagan.
In 1988, he retired from the Goddard Space Flight Center and became the vice president of NYMA, an aerospace services company.
In 1997, Mr. Quann suffered a catastophic stroke, which left him with aphasia.
Mr. Quann, who was a world traveler, had been a jogger, bicyclist, gardener, an avid reader and a collector of unusual artifacts.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen Steets Quann; daughter, Janet Quann Hartford; sons, Christopher Quann and John Quann; sisters, Kathleen Weir and Mary Bier; brother Brendan Quann; stepchildren, David and Sean Munday; and five grandchildren.
A service was held Oct. 15 at St. Louis Catholic Church, with the Rev. Martin Burnham officiating. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Memorial donations may be made to University of Maryland Medical Center Foundation, 29 S. Greene St., Suite 500, Baltimore, MD 21201.