Arthur C. LaupusRail rate clerkServices will be...


Arthur C. Laupus

Rail rate clerk

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday for Arthur C. Laupus, a retired rate clerk for Baltimore and Ohio railroad and a professional saxophone player, at the Harry H. Witzke Funeral Home, 4112 Columbia Road, Ellicott City. Mr. Laupus, 86, died Monday of heart failure at his home in the Lorien Nursing Home in Columbia.

Born and reared in Baltimore, Mr. Laupus attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute but left in 1922 to work for the B&O; railroad as a rate clerk. He retired in 1971 after nearly 50 years of service to the railroad.

In 1930, he married the former Elizabeth Kriete of Dunsville, Va., who died in 1985.

Mr. Laupus also was a professional saxophone player. He performed in speakeasies and clubs and played his sax with Joe Dowling's Orchestra in the Alcazar, a dance hall on Cathedral Street that is now the Baltimore School For the Arts. He also performed on the Baybelle, a ship which cruised the Chesapeake Bay in the 1940s and 1950s.

He entered the United States Army in 1944. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He was assigned the rank of corporal before the end of his 18-month tour.

Mr. Laupus was a member of the Joppa Lodge Masons 132 and the American Federation of Musicians. He was a longtime resident of Edmondson Village.

Mr. Laupus particularly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by a son, Arthur L. Laupus of Columbia; a daughter, Margaret Milleker of Catonsville; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Wayne T. Lee

Worked for Sun

Wayne T. Lee, a Baltimore Sun classified advertising sales representative, died of AIDS Nov. 21 at his home in Baltimore. He was 40.

Born in Dorchester County, Mr. Lee graduated from the county public high school in 1969. He received a scholarship to Morgan State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in music in 1973. He was active in the college choir and marching band, which gave him the opportunity to travel across the country and abroad.

After college, Mr. Lee taught in several Baltimore public schools, including the former all-female Eastern High School and Herring Run Junior High. In 1983, he decided to change careers by working as an advertising sales representative for The Sun. His declining health caused him to take a furlough from his position in the spring of 1991.

Mr. Lee had a variety of interests, from growing different types of orchids in his makeshift greenhouse to playing volleyball. He performed with the Arena Players and had played with Vilkas, a United States Volleyball Association team.

He enjoyed reading books and magazines and liked to cook for family and friends.

Memorial services for Mr. Lee were held Nov. 24 at the Eastern United Methodist Church.

Mr. Lee is survived by his mother, Elsie Mae Lee of Cambridge; two sisters, Oceanious Gibbs of Cambridge and Darlene Bellinger of Baltimore; five brothers, Donald Lee, Ronald Lee, Mitchell Lee, Radis Lee and James Lee, all of Cambridge; and a special friend, Andrew Streater of Baltimore.

Memorial contributions may be made to H.E.R.O., 101 Read St., Baltimore, Md. 21201.

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