Names & Numbers: All Souls tribute

By Catholic Review Staff
With All Souls Day Nov. 2, this installment of Names and Numbers is dedicated to lay contributors to the Archdiocese of Baltimore who died or were memorialized in the last year. 
The year Loyola University Maryland won the NCAA men’s lacrosse championship, much to the delight of Paul Bagley. A philosophy professor who spoke nine languages, Bagley was seriously injured in a 2008 auto accident but returned to teaching two years later and became an inspiration to coach Charley Toomey’s Greyhounds. Bagley died July 13.

The year Napoleon Sykes Sr. retired as a bus driver from the Maryland Transit Administration. Sykes, who moved to Baltimore from North Carolina as a youth and attended St. Frances Academy, was a most dedicated member of historic St. Francis Xavier, where he was a corporator, parish council president and shuttled the elderly to Mass in the church van. A funeral Mass for Sykes was offered there March 5.



The year Joe Rosendale graduated from what was then Loyola College. Rosendale, who died in March, was for decades an integral part of Catholic Youth Organization basketball, coaching parish teams from St. Ambrose, New All Saints and St. William of York, and John Paul Regional Catholic School. Rosendale, who taught math at Western High School, grew up in St. Martin Parish and attended Loyola Blakefield, was also active on the fair housing front.


The year Mary Evelius graduated from what is now Notre Dame of Maryland University. She met her husband, John, a founding partner of the Gallagher, Evelius and Jones law firm, whose clients include the Archdiocese of Baltimore, as a member of the Baltimore Catholic Crusade. Her service included preparing meals for Our Daily Bread. A funeral Mass was offered May 21 at Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City for Evelius, who also attended the Institute of Notre Dame.


The year Rita Gross Davidson graduated from the former Seton High School. Davidson, who died Jan. 5, raised seven children and was an active volunteer of St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville and the former Towson Catholic High School, where she made costumes for theater productions. Davidson, who also coached youth softball, attended the former parish schools at St. Bernard and St. Mary, Star of the Sea.


The age of Mary Ann McCardell Daily when she died last December. Daily was a longtime contributor to the liturgical music at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland, where she sang in the women’s choir and saw two of her three sons in the cathedral male choirs that sang at the 1966 wedding of Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of then-President Lyndon B. Johnson. Daily, who attended Notre Dame Preparatory School and Notre Dame of Maryland University, worked in journalism and public relations.


The age of Michael Marks when he died in a 2013 auto accident, a month after graduating from McDaniel College in Westminster. A parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City, Marks attended its parish school, where a sportsmanship award bears his name. In September, his parents made possible a new scoreboard in his name at McDaniel, where he played lacrosse. 


The terms Robert C. Baldwin served in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he championed the effort to allow the message “Choose Life” to be placed on Maryland license plates. A graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis and Loyola College, Baldwin served eight years in the U.S. Army and on numerous boards. A funeral Mass for the grandfather of 19 was offered Jan. 16 at his home parish, Our Lady of the Fields in Millersville. 


Compiled from obituaries that appeared in The Baltimore Sun, on funeral home websites and other outlets.

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