His service to Baltimore extended beyond fighting for integration, his friends said.

He developed a Meals on Wheels program for the community around his church, helped develop Douglas Village, a 49-unit apartment complex for the disadvantaged on Madison Avenue, and established a summer camp for underprivileged children in Carroll County.

"So many people recall his love for young people," said Douglas' current pastor, the Rev. S. Todd Yeary. "He loved that camp. It was his baby."

He said that he often sought advice from Mr. Bascom. They met for breakfast at Miss Shirley's on Cold Spring Lane or had lunch at the Rusty Scupper on Key Highway.

"He captured the hearts and minds and imagination of the entire city," Mr. Yeary said.

When Mr. Bascom retired, he said that he was leaving behind a church that, like many in the city, had a shrinking congregation. "Its membership has dropped from 1,000 members in 1949 to about 600 this year, with only about 20 living in the immediate neighborhood," the 1995 article said.

"The affluent people moved out, and the poor, the disenfranchised, moved in their place," Mr. Bascom said.

"He was the most giving and forgiving person," said his wife of 33 years, the former Dorothy Brooks. "He was the most available person. He was always there for his parishioners, his family and his friends. He was one of God's unique characters."

A memorial service will be held at Douglas Memorial Community Church. No date has been determined.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Peter John Bascom of Baltimore; three daughters, Singleton Bascom Wyche of Pikesville, Bernadette Bascom of Seattle and Viviane Thorpe of Silver Spring; and four grandchildren.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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