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October 26, 2003

Thomas Finnie

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Thomas Carroll Finnie, who directed production of maps for the manned spaceflights and lunar landings and was at Houston mission control when Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon, died Oct. 17. He was 84.

Finnie was instrumental in creating the Defense Mapping Agency, a consolidation of all military mapping, charting and geodesy. He became the senior civilian of the agency after it was activated in 1972, retiring two years later.

Finnie was inducted as a charter member of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency Hall of Fame in 2001. He also received the Department of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

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Paul Orso

GWYNN OAK, Md. (AP) _ Bishop Paul Orso, a retired prelate of the Lutheran Church of America Maryland Synod and former director of Lutheran Social Services in Washington, died Wednesday. He was 84.

As bishop of the Maryland Synod from 1968 to 1983, he served as the administrative head and coordinator of about 150 Lutheran churches in Maryland, Washington, Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania.

A former professor of psychology, he ran Lutheran Social Services in Washington for 15 years before being appointed bishop.

Bishop Orso interned at Lutheran Place Memorial Church in Washington before his ordination in the United Lutheran Church in 1944.