James T. Wharton


James T. Wharton, 72, a founder and managing shareholder of Wharton Levin Ehrmantraut & Klein P.A., a litigation firm based in Annapolis, died April 4 at Anne Arundel Medical Center after a heart attack.

Mr. Wharton was taken to the hospital after his car crashed into a tree in a grassy area off Route 8 near Craney Creek Road in Stevensville, Md., a State Police spokesman said.

Mr. Wharton began his career in the early 1960s with a private practice in Rockville. He joined Joseph S. McCarthy to form McCarthy & Wharton in 1968.

Mr. Wharton helped establish Wharton Levin in 1984. The firm represents manufacturers and other businesses in product liability cases.

Mr. Wharton, a Stevensville resident and Pennsylvania native, was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where he was president of Sigma Nu social fraternity and a member of the Lion's Paw Senior Society. He was a 1956 graduate of Georgetown University's law school.

His marriage to Sara Ann Breen Wharton ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Beverly K. Wharton of Stevensville; six sons from his first marriage, Michael, of Baltimore, Patrick, of Rockville, Chris, of Potomac, Mark, of Frederick, Tim, of Gaithersburg, and James, of Bethesda; two daughters from his first marriage, Sharon Wiley of Midlothian, Va., and Maureen Phillips of North Potomac; and 16 grandchildren.

Ronald D. Ross

Publication Editor

Ronald Dudley Ross, 81, who spent about 30 years working for Public Power, a publication of the American Public Power Association, and retired in the early 1980s as its editor, died April 1 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. He had cancer.

Mr. Ross, an Arlington resident, was a Democratic Party volunteer, most recently for Walter Tejada's successful campaign for the Arlington County Board.

He was born in Fargo, N.D., and grew up in Ames, Iowa. He was a 1943 graduate of Iowa State University.

He served in the Navy during World War II. He participated in the invasion of Normandy as an officer aboard a landing ship tank that ferried soldiers and supplies from ships to beaches.

He settled in the Washington area after the war.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Ann Kline Ross of Arlington; three children, Dr. Ronald Ross of Jenkintown, Pa., Karl Ross of Harrisburg, Pa., and Elizabeth Ross of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a brother, Bruce Ross of Washington; and six grandchildren.

Sherrell William Herrell

Education Official

Sherrell William Herrell, 88, former associate deputy commissioner for postsecondary education in the Office of Education at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, died of complications related to diabetes April 4 at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. Herrell was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University. He was a school superintendent in Bloomsdale, Mo., before World War II.

During the war, he served in the Navy in the South Pacific. He settled in Washington after the war and worked until retirement at the Office of Education and its predecessor agencies.

Survivors include his wife, Constance L. Herrell of Alexandria; four children, Jeanne H. Clary of Richmond, Kathryn E. Egyhazy of Vienna, William S. Herrell of Alexandria and David T. Herrell of Dumfries; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.