Thomas K. Ward Sr., book salesman

Thomas K. Ward Sr., a retired textbook field representative who enjoyed building model ships, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

The Mays Chapel resident was 83.

The son of E. Stuart Ward, an engineer and architect, and Helen M. Ward, a registered nurse, Thomas Kersey Ward Sr. was born in Philadelphia and raised in the city's Germantown neighborhood.

After graduating from Germantown High School in 1946, he earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington College in 1950. He earned a master's degree in 1973 in secondary education from what is now Towson University.

In 1951, he enlisted in the Army, where he served in the Counterintelligence Corps in Germany. He was discharged in 1954 with the rank of corporal.

While he was in the Army, he married Elizabeth Jane Cavanaugh, whom he had met in Philadelphia on a blind date while on furlough.

He went to work in Pennsylvania as a field representative for McGraw Hill Publishing Co.'s Webster Textbook Division.

In 1961, he and his family moved from Pittsburgh to Anneslie and later Stoneleigh.

He retired in 1992 but continued to work part time as a field representative for Cobblestone Publishers, a Peterborough, N.H., publishing company is owned by a cousin.

An ship modeler, Mr. Ward also enjoyed wildlife woodcarving. He also enjoyed reading history.

Mr. Ward had been a communicant of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Rodgers Forge, where he had been a Eucharistic minister.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at the Roman Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier, 13717 Cuba Road, Hunt Valley.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Ward is survived by three sons, Thomas K. Ward Jr. of Summerville, S.C., John S. Ward of Cockeysville and Hugh G. Ward of Bel Air; nine grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.

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