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Obituaries

William A. Hoffman Jr., hospital human resources executive, dies

William A. Hoffman Jr., a retired vice president of human resources at MedStar Harbor Hospital who enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay, died Monday of heart failure at Future Care of the Chesapeake in Arnold. The longtime Severna Park resident was 88. The son of William Arthur Hoffman Sr., a wallpaper...

  • Michael J. Ballard, retired clothing salesman, dies

    Michael J. Ballard, retired clothing salesman, dies

    Michael J. Ballard, a retired men's clothing salesman who had an eye for fine clothes and cars, died Dec. 30 of prostate cancer at his Towson home. He was 70. The son of Julius Ballard, a merchant seaman and roofing contractor, and Mildred Ribanic Ballard, a homemaker, Michael James Ballard was...

  • Jeff W. Pitts, founder of Baltimore Westsiders marching band, dies

    Jeff W. Pitts, founder of Baltimore Westsiders marching band, dies

    Jeff W. Pitts, a retired salesman and Korean War veteran who was the founder of the Baltimore Westsiders marching band, died Jan. 6 of complications from dementia at his Northwest Baltimore home. He was 86. The son of Henry Pitts and Mamie Pitts, Jeff Willard Pitts was born and raised in Halifax,...

  • Stella Thornton-Fullwood, a receptionist to three Baltimore mayors, dies

    Stella Thornton-Fullwood, a receptionist to three Baltimore mayors, dies

    Stella Thornton-Fullwood, a travel agent who had been the receptionist for three Baltimore mayors, died of a stroke Jan. 8 at her home in the Cylburn area of Northwest Baltimore. She was 70. Born in Lynchburg, Va., he was the daughter of Junius A. Logan and Margaret Mae Brice. She moved to Baltimore...

  • Ruth E. Williams, gardener and homemaker, dies

    Ruth E. Williams, gardener and homemaker, dies

    Ruth Edna "Billie" Williams, a homemaker and gardener, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 2 at the Blakehurst Retirement Community. She was 98 and had lived in Cedarcroft for many years. Born and raised in Frederick, she was the daughter of Dr. William Meredith Smith, a general practioner, and...

  • Charlotte Crenson, female trailblazer in Social Security Administration, dies

    Charlotte Crenson, female trailblazer in Social Security Administration, dies

    Charlotte Crenson, one of the highest-ranking women in the Social Security Administration in her day, died of pneumonia Dec. 19 at home in Towson. The 98-year-old spent her career challenging social constraints that hindered women in the workplace. As the administration's chief press officer in...

  • Bruce C. Leopold, Sheppard Pratt psychiatrist, dies

    Bruce C. Leopold, Sheppard Pratt psychiatrist, dies

    Dr. Bruce Carl Leopold, a retired Sheppard Pratt psychiatrist, died of cancer Dec. 29 at his Ruxton home. He was 72. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Bethesda, he was the son of Luna Bergere Leopold, a geomorphologist and hydrologist who studied streams for the federal government. His mother was...

  • William L. Howser, lumber business president, dies

    William L. Howser, lumber business president, dies

    William Lovell Howser, former president of Ridge Lumber Co. in Fullerton, died of an aneurysm Monday at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. The Timonium and Ruxton resident was 88. Born in East Orange, N.J., he was the son of G. Sellman Howser, a Red Cross official and a sales manager...

  • Mary Jo Pons, thoroughbred racing farm co-owner, dies

    Mary Jo Pons, thoroughbred racing farm co-owner, dies

    Mary Jo Pons, a revered figure in Maryland thoroughbred racing who co-owned Country Life Farm, died of respiratory failure Monday at Brightview Assisted Living in Bel Air. She was 87 and lived on the family horse-breeding compound near Bel Air. Born Mary Jo Ryan in Baltimore and raised on Preston...

  • James Talley, pastor, supporter of Methodist shrine, dies at 76

    James Talley, pastor, supporter of Methodist shrine, dies at 76

    The Rev. James Talley, a pastor and businessman recalled as a tireless supporter of the Strawbridge Shrine in New Windsor, Carroll County, died Saturday after suffering a heart attack outside his New Windsor home. He was 76. Born in Cincinnati, he was the son of the Rev. James H. Talley and Marie...

  • Robert G. Proutt, home builder and former lacrosse star, dies

    Robert G. Proutt, home builder and former lacrosse star, dies

    Robert George Proutt, a retired home builder and lacrosse player who was inducted in the University of Virginia Athletic Hall of Fame, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Dec. 21 at his Monkton home. He was 88. Born in Baltimore and raised in Anne Arundel County and in Guilford, he was...

  • Robert J. Belanger, 47, dies from prostate cancer

    Robert J. Belanger, 47, dies from prostate cancer

    Robert J. Belanger, a musician, softball coach, church volunteer, sales assistant in an investment management firm and co-founder of a charity that helps pediatric oncology patients, died Friday of prostate cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 47. "The morning of the day Rob died,...

  • David Lee Bollinger, carpenter and advertising executive, dies

    David Lee Bollinger, carpenter and advertising executive, dies

    David Lee Bollinger, an advertising executive and carpenter known as a "Renaissance man" for his range of artistic and musical talents, died of lung cancer Dec. 16 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 62. "He was a true artist in every sense," said M. Robert Coyne, a longtime friend and advertising...

  • Sunya L. Smith, longtime state government employee, dies

    Sunya L. Smith, longtime state government employee, dies

    Sunya L. Smith, who recently retired from a 36-year career with state government and devoted time to volunteer work at her Randallstown church, died Monday from injuries suffered in a car accident on her way to a family Christmas celebration. Mrs. Smith, of Lochearn, was 58. Family members said she...

  • Charles Edward 'Ted' Peck, Ryland Home president

    Charles Edward 'Ted' Peck, Ryland Home president

    Charles Edward "Ted" Peck, a retired president of Ryland Homes, recalled for his support of the Columbia Festival of the Arts and numerous educational and medical philanthropies, died of pneumonia Monday at his Easton home. He was 91. "He was a towering figure in Columbia," said Padraic "Pat" Kennedy,...

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