Frank Sewell dies; mail carrier won papal,...

Frank Sewell dies; mail carrier won papal, civic awards

A Mass of Christian burial for Frank J. Sewell, a retired mail carrier whose church and civic work earned him a papal medal and other awards, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church, 1546 N. Fremont Ave.


Mr. Sewell, who was 78, died Friday in his sleep after an apparent heart attack at his home on McKean Avenue.

He retired 13 years ago after 34 years as a mail carrier. He earlier worked for a time for the Social Security Administration.


His awards for his work, much of it with the poor, included the papal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal.

A former president of the Baltimore Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and a former alternate delegate in the Archdiocesan Holy Name Society, Mr. Sewell was also a member of the St. Peter Claver parish council, an usher there and active in food and fuel programs.

A member of the boards of the Stella Maris Hospice and the Nehemiah Housing Corp., he also belonged to the Knights of St. John, Baltimoreans United for Leadership Development and the Cursillo Movement for Christian community living.

He was active in the Associated Catholic Charities Campaign for Human Development and the Sandtown-Winchester Educational Restructuring.

Born in Ridge, in St. Mary's County, he was a graduate of St. Peter Claver School and the Cardinal Gibbons Institute there.

His wife, the former Cecilia Marshall, died in 1972.

He is survived by four daughters, Mary A. Harris, Ann Richardson and Cecilia Howell, all of Baltimore, and Elsie Neely of Washington; three sons, John Sewell and William Sewell, both of Baltimore, and Raymond Sewell of Washington; two sisters, Elsie Bailey Speights of Baltimore and Rosie Cutcumber of Valley Lee, St. Mary's County; 27 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.


Dorothy B. Austin

Active in pharmacy clubs

Services for Dorothy B. Austin, a former president of the Women's Auxiliary of the Maryland Pharmaceutical Association, will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Fairhaven, the Sykesville retirement community.

Mrs. Austin, who was 88 and lived in Fairhaven, died there yesterday of heart failure.

In addition to serving as the first president of the auxiliary, she had been active in other pharmaceutical groups, according to her daughter.

Her husband, Charles S. Austin Jr., a pharmacist who served as president of the State Board of Pharmacy, died in 1958.


The former Dorothy Buschman was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Eastern High School. She worked as a secretary at Tongue, Brooks & Co. as a young woman.

She was also a member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and the Maryland Historical Society.

She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy A. Alevizatos of Sparks; a son, Charles S. Austin III of Braddock Heights; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Fairhaven Community Enrichment Fund.