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Senior citizens honored

May 15, 1997

By TERRY TALBERT

Staff Writer

Ten Washington County senior citizens were honored Friday for their accomplishments and contributions to society in the first annual Salute to Seniors day.

A panel of judges chose the senior citizens from nominations submitted by local residents. The winners and their guests were treated to breakfast and then recognized at a ceremony in the Maryland Theatre courtyard.

Salute to Seniors day was held as part of Older Americans Month, observed in May.

Following are the seniors honored:

  • Roy Grove, 76, who lives west of Hagerstown, delivers relief supplies throughout North America, when a disaster occurs.
  • Jason Springer, 75, and Mary Springer, 83, of Williamsport, volunteer at the Alexander House Senior Nutrition site in Hagerstown. They take people to the VA Center, to medical appointments, shopping, or for rides. They visit the hospital and local nursing homes.
  • Frederick Klein, 75, of Hagerstown, was nominated "for his life-long contributions in his field" of microbiology. The Shepherd College graduate did basic research in Rift Valley fever, anthrax and the Epstein-Barr virus and worked in the production of cancer-fighting agents interferon and interleukin. He was a biologist at Fort Detrick until his retirement in 1984.
  • Bob Dean, 80, of Hagerstown, as a volunteer has run the prison Art Club at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown for a decade. He also volunteers with SCORE.
  • William Spangler, 80, of the Smithsburg area, an elder in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, has visited and ministered to inmates at the three prisons south of Hagerstown for 25 years.
  • Jacob "Jake" Bare, 88, of Hagerstown, owned R. Bruce Carson jewelers in Hagerstown for 10 years. He volunteers at the hospital and is a member of Rotary. He is elder emeritus at his church.
  • Marjorie Grumbacher, 77, of Hagerstown, was a founding member of the Girls Club of Washington County, on the board of the Boys Club, and a national board and executive committee member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

    Grumbacher has been a member of the Maryland Commission on Children and Youth, does volunteer work with a self-help group at the Maryland Correctional Institution, and is co-founder of the Community Correctional Services Committee of Washington County.

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  • Leonard Fehlauer, 94, of Hagerstown. Once a water boy at the railroad, Fehlauer went on to: earn a business degree; work for the peacetime Army; work as a lieutenant in charge of the vice squad in the Baltimore Police Department; work as attorney and director of the Baltimore Police Academy, and work as a self-employed attorney in Baltimore. He ran marathons and served as Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis International.
  • Ann Norrie, age unavailable, of Hagerstown, serves as fund development chairwoman for St. John's Homeless Shelter, Hagerstown. She is on the board of directors and also helps cook, clean house, and take the homeless on trips.


  • Salute to Seniors was sponsored by the Washington County Commission on Aging, the City of Hagerstown, Home Federal Savings Bank and Williamsport Retirement Village.

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