M. C. St. Clair Berkeley, veteran of...


M. C. St. Clair Berkeley, veteran of 2 wars, 2 armies, dies at 0) 91

Services for M. C. St. Clair Berkeley, a retired food broker who served in two armies in two wars, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave., Towson.

Mr. Berkeley, 91, died Wednesday after a long illness at Edenwald in Towson.

A former resident of Bel Air, he retired over 15 years ago as president of the Berkeley Brokerage Co., which he founded after World War II.

Before the war, he worked for the Jones Food brokerage. As manager, he opened the company's retail store in the Southwest Baltimore building of Montgomery Ward & Co.

A British citizen who was born in Cairo, Egypt, he joined the British army in Cairo at age 16 and served as an interpreter and aide to the commanding general, in the process witnessing the British capture of Palestine.

After the war, he served as secretary to an Egyptian prince who was chief engineer on the construction of a British military railroad from Egypt to Jerusalem and worked with King Faisal of Saudi Arabia and T. E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia.

In World War II, he joined the U.S. Army as a colonel and served as military governor of the area around Carentan in Normandy after landing with the allied invasion.

He was made an honorary citizen of France. He also was decorated with two French and one Belgian Croix de Guerre and received a U.S. Presidential Citation.

Later, he served as an adviser on the movie "Cast A Giant Shadow," based on the life of David Marcus, a retired U.S. Army colonel with whom he had served in France.

Mr. Berkeley was a former president of the St. George's Society of Baltimore and was responsible for its affiliation with the Royal Society of St. George of England.

His first wife, the former Lillian Jones, died in the 1930s, and his second wife, the former Virginia Sewell, died in 1969.

He is survived by two daughters, Pamela Berkeley Rich and Diane Berkeley Stasiewicz, both of Rockville; and four grandchildren.

Robert C. Buffington

Store manager, singer

A memorial service for Robert C. Buffington, who managed a tropical plant company and was a singer, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church, Park Avenue and Madison Street.

Mr. Buffington, who was 31 and lived on North Charles Street, died July 14 of acquired immune deficiency syndrome at the Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

He worked for Greening of America, a plant and interior design firm, for 10 years.

The Hagerstown native was a 1978 graduate of Boonsboro High School and a 1988 graduate of Towson State University, where he majored in biology.

A tenor, he sang in the First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church choir and with the Towson Singers, a group of Towson State graduates. Fond of bridge, he was a member of the Cousin Dorothy Bridge Club.

He had been a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for eight years and often served as a sponsor, helping newer members to achieve sobriety.

He is survived by his father, Edgar R. Buffington of Boonsboro; his mother and stepfather, Carole E. and James R. Cogar of Hagerstown; two brothers, John L. Buffington of San Francisco and Daniel J. Buffington of Hagerstown; a stepsister, Cheryl A. Cogar; and two stepbrothers, Robert L. and Allen K. Cogar, all of Hagerstown; and his grandfather, retired Navy Rear Adm. Carl E. Bull of Bonita, Calif.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Health Education Resources Organization.

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