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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.
June 27, 2011
JUNE 30, 1933-JUNE 26, 2011 Mr. Earl “Tommy” T. Robertson, 77, of Frederick, Md., passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Frederick Memorial Hospital.   He was the husband of Alice Fogle Robertson, his wife of 55 years. Born June 30, 1933, in Westminster, Md., he was the son of the late David N. and Lamora Utz Robertson. Tommy attended St. John’s High School, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and his master’s degree from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.
June 23, 2011
NOV. 8, 1920-JUNE 23, 2011 Hilda Marie Newcomer 90, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011, at the Golden Living Center. Born Monday, Nov. 8, 1920, in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late Charles R. Fehle and the late Henrietta Hohman Fehle. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Louis E. Roberts, in 1940, and by her second husband, Albert Garfield Newcomer, in 1983. She was a graduate of Eastern High School in Baltimore.
June 1, 2011
The Fort Detrick Alliance will host an expo and networking event in the Elliott Center at Hagerstown Community College on Wednesday, June 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the installation commands and tenant organizations at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. Representatives will be on hand from the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity, U.S. Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Navy Medical Logistics Command, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility, SAIC, Mount St. Mary’s University, and HCC’s Technical Innovation Center, the college’s business incubator with wet lab space for biotech start-ups.
March 20, 2011
AMVETS, Department of Maryland, will present the PNC A. Leo Anderson Memorial Free State Award of Excellence to CSM Bran Thompson, president of the Maj. Gen. Boyd Cook Memorial Foundation Inc., at a ceremony April 2 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md. The award honors Thompson’s more than 10 years of advocating for veterans and 9/11 military personnel and for those of their family members. Thompson spent more than 38 years in the U.S. Army Air Force Reserves and Army Reserves before retiring.
By DAN DEARTH | | March 9, 2011
A free program is available to help business owners win government contracts at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. Christine Demas, director of the Fort Detrick Business Development Office, said Wednesday during a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast that part of her job is to help business owners complete the complex paperwork needed to compete for federal contracts.   "I help everybody — large businesses and small businesses," Demas told an audience of about 55 people.
By HEATHER KEELS | | February 21, 2011
Agent Orange testing at Fort Ritchie in the 1960s was conducted under controlled conditions using a diluted version of the herbicide and posed little risk to the surrounding community then or now, according to a scientist who has studied records of the testing. “The orange formulation was a very concentrated formulation, but you can dilute it when you put it on the vegetation, and that’s what happened at Fort Ritchie,” Alvin L. Young, an environmental toxicologist who compiled a 2006 report on testing of tactical herbicides by the U.S. Department of Defense, said Monday.
January 23, 2011
JUNE 24, 1936-JAN. 22, 2011 HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Ernest W. Braithwaite, 74, passed away Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Born June 24, 1936, in Martinsburg, W.Va., he was the son of the late Paul Braithwaite Sr. and Lucy Jane “Hatter” Braithwaite. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Mary Elizabeth “Smith” Braithwaite, in December 2010. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. He attended North Hagerstown High School and retired from Fort Detrick.
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