April 11, 2013
Earl E. Shank Jr. and Norma Jean (Goodwin) Shank recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends at Beaver Creek Christian Church in Hagerstown. The Shanks were married April 1, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Connellsville, Pa., and honeymooned in Hershey, Pa. Mr. Shank is a retired pharmacist, having owned stores in Emmitsburg, Md., and Confluence, Pa. He also worked at various pharmacies including People's and Whitsell Pharmacy in Frederick, Md., and Chatkins Pharmacy in Hagerstown.
April 5, 2013
Mr. Irvin F. Stride, 97, of Frederick, Md., died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Frederick Memorial Hospital. Born Dec. 2, 1915, in Frederick, he was the son of the late Irvin G. and Grace E. Stottlemyer Stride. He was the loving husband of Eva M. Young Stride. Mr. Stride enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, Sharon Stride Poole of Boonsboro, Md., Marty Stride of Thurmont, Md., and Kenneth Stride of New York; stepdaughter, Jean Boone of Libertytown, Md.; grandchildren, Donald Dick, Jeffrey Dick and John Stride; great-grandchildren, Jacob Dick and Elizabeth Dick; and five stepgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter, Eileen Stride Vetiello; one stepgrandchild; as well as two brothers, Richard N. Stride and Robert M. Stride.
March 27, 2013
Beginning Monday, Fort Detrick will redirect all traffic to the Rosemont and Old Farm gates in an effort to save operating costs, according to a news release from the city of Frederick. With this change, Opossumtown Gate will be closed, according to a news release. Veteran's Gate will be open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for those with proper Department of Defense identification. It will be closed on weekends and holidays. Rosemont Gate will remain open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on weekends and holidays.
February 9, 2013
Rick Socks, 58, of Middletown, Md., passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Rick was an active member of the Valley known for his amazing woodworking talent, and coaching numerous youth organizations. From the infamous “hammer holder ref” to the motivated security guard at Fort Detrick, Rick touched many people's lives. Outside of his many responsibilities, Rick loved the outdoors. In his free time, he would most likely be found wandering the local mountains in search of a trophy buck, fishing “hidden” farm ponds or simply enjoying nature.
December 16, 2012
John Francis Brewer, 85, of Braddock Heights, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. He was the husband of the late Barbara Huff Brewer, who died March 8, 2003. Born Oct. 1, 1927, in West Orange, N.J., he was the son of the late Allen F. and Ayame Brewer. John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a graduate of University of Kentucky. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service and was a microbiologist at Fort Detrick, Frederick. He was a member of the Lions Club, American Legion Funkstown and the VFW Frederick.
July 14, 2012
Mr. Jeffery "Jeff" Gordon Linebaugh, 54, of Brunswick, Md., passed away Friday, July 13, 2012, at Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Kathy Linebaugh for 35 years. Born July 28, 1957, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of I. Gordon Linebaugh of Hagerstown and the late E. Grace Robinson Linebaugh. Jeff worked as an animal toxicology lab manager for Bio Reliance in Rockville, Md., before his retirement. He also worked at Covance Lab in Vienna, Va., for 20 years, and at Fort Detrick for 15 years.
June 26, 2012
Charles D. Beachley Jr., 88, of Falling Waters, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va. Born Jan. 2, 1924, in Middletown, Md., Charlie was the son of the late Charles D. Beachley Sr. and Minnie (Nash) Beachley. Charlie was a 1941 graduate of Middletown High School. Charlie retired as assistant comptroller of the U.S. Treasury at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., where he worked for 37 years. He was a member of the Martinsburg Moose Lodge, Improved Order of Red Men in Williamsport, Md., and Potomac Fish & Game Club.
December 23, 2011
William (Bill) Hunter Reams, of Keedysville, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center. He was a longtime resident of Washington County, Md. Bill graduated from South Hagerstown High School in 1957. He was the husband of Gail Lynn Cowell Reams, his wife of 44 years. Born in West Palm Beach, Fla., he was the son of the late Bernadine Agnes Green Reams and the late Samuel Hunter Reams. Bill attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, College Park, where he graduated with a mechanical engineering degree in 1962.
December 4, 2011
Carroll Guy “Jerry” Strailman, 84, of Boonsboro, Md., passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., surrounded by his loving family. Born June 18, 1927, in Brunswick, Md., he was the son of the late Charles Guy and Helen (Allen) Strailman Moberly. He was a 1945 graduate of Frederick High School in Frederick, Md. After high school, Jerry furthered his education at the University of California and North Carolina State University. Jerry was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II in Reims, France, and Darnstadt, Germany.
October 13, 2011
Two scientists say they've written a research paper questioning the government conclusion that an Army microbiologist at Fort Detrick was the sole perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people and sickened others. Epidemiologist Martin Hugh-Jones at Louisiana State University said the article will be published in the Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense. Journal editors didn't respond to queries about a publication date. The article, co-written by Dallas chemist Stuart Jacobsen, maintains anthrax spores were coated with chemicals indicating a higher degree of manufacturing skill than Bruce E. Ivins possessed.