- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Mary Weber Huck, 79, retired nurse

Mary Weber Huck, a retired nurse, died March 21 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease at Frederick Villa Nursing Center in Catonsville, Md. She was 79.

Born March 13, 1926, in Pittsburgh, Mrs. Huck moved to Rockville in 1956 and lived in the same house until she entered an assisted-living home in Gaithersburg. She was later moved to the nursing center in Catonsville.

She graduated from a nursing school in Pittsburgh near the end of World War II and worked as a nurse in Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Huck later worked at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel.

She taught Sunday school and was active in the women’s organization at Millian Memorial United Methodist Church in Rockville.

She was Volunteer of the Year in Montgomery County in the early 1970s for her work with Wheaton HELP Capitol, a group affiliated with the church.

Mrs. Huck is survived by three daughters, Gail Martin of Baltimore, Ella Coberly of Middletown, Md., and Marilyn Doolittle of Santa Cruz, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Her husband of 47 years, Harry W. Huck, died in 1997.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 6 at Millian Memorial United Methodist Church, 13016 Parkland Drive, Rockville. The family will receive friends after the service.

William Ball Jr., 83,architect-engineer

William De Forest Ball Jr., a retired Coast Guard commander who was a naval architect and marine engineer, died March 18 of end-stage renal failure and end-stage cardiomyopathy at Casey House, a hospice in Rockville. He was 83.

Born in Hyde Park, Mass., Cmdr. Ball graduated from the Lowell Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1941 and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1945. In 1954, he received a naval engineering degree with honors from MIT.

In 1947, he married Winifred Blanche Gilboy of Wollaston, Mass. They had resided in Potomac since 1971.

His military career included more than 11 years of sea duty. He was commander of the Coast Guard cutter Tamaroa out of New York City, chief engineer of the icebreaker Mackinaw on the Great Lakes and sailing instructor on the bark Eagle.

Cmdr. Ball also had assignments on the buoy tender Evergreen in Greenland. He served on the cutter Castlerock on weather patrol and search-and-rescue, and on the destroyer escort Camp in World War II.

He taught physics at the Coast Guard Academy for two years and had assignments in the office of Merchant Marine Safety in the District and New York City.

Cmdr. Ball served 23 years in the Coast Guard before retiring in 1965.

After retiring, he was a naval architect for General Dynamics Corp., E.G. Frankel of MIT, and Coast Guard headquarters in Washington. Cmdr. Ball served as a marine accident investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board until he retired for a second time in 1988.

He was a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and a Mason for 37 years. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Military Officers Association, formerly the Retired Officers Association.

He is survived by his wife, Winifred B. Ball; two daughters, Valerie A. Sabbatini of Annapolis and Linda B. Hanson of Potomac; a son, William D. Ball III of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

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