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Elbert Robinson, national executive of Boy Scouts

Elbert O. Robinson, a national executive of the Boy Scouts of America and a former resident of Columbia, died Saturday of a heart attack while attending a North Carolina Central University alumni meeting in Chicago. He was 64.


A resident of Euless, Texas, he had worked at the Scout headquarters in Irving, Texas, since 1982 as associate national director of the Cub Scouting Division.

When living in Columbia from 1972 to 1982, he was director of the Scouts' Southeast Region.


His wife, the former Dorothy Welch, taught at that time in Columbia's Stevens Forest Elementary School.

Mr. Robinson was a graduate of North Carolina College, now North Carolina Central University, and was southwest regional president of its alumni association. He was a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

In addition to his wife, his survivors include three daughters, Lisa Robinson of Columbia, Kyle Robinson-Smith of Los Angeles and Zandra Robinson-Hicks of Richmond, Va.; two sons, Elbert O. Robinson II of Columbia and Richard Ellis of Iselin, N.J.; a brother, William Robinson of Baltimore; a sister, Bettie Avent, also of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the scouting headquarters in Irving, Texas, and at 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Bedford, Texas. A third service will be held at 3 p.m. May 9 at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Elizabeth City, N.C.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Chapter of the North Carolina Central University Alumni or the Boy Scouts of America in Irving.

Virginia D. Gleisner

Taught in Baltimore

Services for Virginia D. Gleisner, who retired in the mid-1960s as an English teacher at Eastern High School, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7001 Harford Road.


Mrs. Gleisner, who was 88, died of cancer Wednesday at her home on Chambers Road.

The former Virginia Dodson was born in Baltimore and lived for a time in Cincinnati. A graduate of Baltimore's Western High School, she earned a bachelor's degree at Goucher College in 1926 and a master's degree at the Johns Hopkins University.

She began teaching in Baltimore in 1927, after teaching a year in Havre de Grace.

Mrs. Gleisner sang in the choir and served on the council of St. Luke's Church. She also was a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Her husband, Philip B. Gleisner, a retired industrial arts teacher, died in 1981.

She is survived by two sons, Walter Philip Gleisner of Baltimore and John Garfield Gleisner of Airville, Pa.; a daughter, Joan Virginia Kellinghusen of Vancouver, British Columbia; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


James A. Lesh

Social Security official

James A. Lesh, who retired in 1973 as chief of classification for the Social Security Administration, died April 24 at St. Agnes Hospital of complications of kidney failure.

Services for Mr. Lesh, who was 76 and lived in Catonsville, were held yesterday at the Catonsville United Methodist Church.

He started to work for Social Security in Philadelphia in 1949. Before that, he worked for the Veterans Administration in Philadelphia.

Born in and educated in Scranton, Pa., he served in the Army in Europe during World War II.


Later, he attended Western Maryland College.

He is survived by his wife, the former Parvis Robinson; a son, Julian R. Lesh of Ellicott City; a brother, George B. Lesh of Walkersville; and two grandchildren.


Crecy E. Thomas

Retired nurse

Services for Crecy E. Thomas, a retired practical nurse, will be held at 7.30 p.m. today at the Pentecost Baptist Church, 1615 Poplar Grove St.


Mrs. Thomas, who was 61 and lived on Pimlico Road, died Monday of cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

She retired in 1979 after working for nearly 15 years at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. She earlier had worked elsewhere in Baltimore and in Chester, Pa., both as a private duty nurse and in nursing homes.

Born in Scotland Neck, N.C., the former Crecy E. Moore attended schools there before moving to Chester as a young woman and then to Baltimore nearly 30 years ago.

Mrs. Thomas sang with the Voices of Pentecost, the choir at the Pentecost Baptist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Darcel Thomas and Corrine Smith, both of Baltimore, and Louise Campbell, of Crum Lynne, Pa; a son, Estee Thomas Jr. of Baltimore; three sisters, Margaret Tillery, of Baltimore, Vertis Pope of Richmond and Mary E. Hardy of Toledo, Ohio; four brothers, David W. and Oliver N. Moore, both of Baltimore, Joe M. Moore of Petersburg, Va., and Joseph Moore of Newark, N.J.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.



Alma L. Stewart

Educator, golfer

Alma L. Stewart, a retired vice principal of the Hilton Elementary School and a championship golfer, died Saturday at Sinai Hospital of a heart ailment. She was 79.

Mrs. Stewart, who lived on West Garrison Avenue, retired in 1979 after a teaching career of about 40 years, much of the time at School 120 at Pennsylvania Avenue and Robert Street.

A native of West Virginia, the former Alma L. Johnson moved to Baltimore as a child. She was a graduate of Douglass High School and Coppin State College. She had a master's degree from Loyola College.

She won several Eastern Golf Association championships in the 1960s and 1970s. During that period, she played in open tournaments in the area with members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association.


Her husband, Walter Stewart, has retired as the golf professional at Carroll Park Golf Course.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include a stepdaughter, Gloria Burns of New York City; two sisters, Georgie Arvin and Goldie Smith, both of Baltimore, and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held yesterday at the March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.

Josephine P. Feder

Hopkins secretary

Services for Josephine P. Feder, who retired about 30 years ago as secretary to the dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 4711 Edmondson Ave.


Mrs. Feder, 92, moved to Fort Smith, Ark., in 1974. She died April 22 of heart failure at a nursing home there.

The former Josephine Palmer, born and educated in Buffalo, N.Y., moved to Baltimore in 1930. Her husband, Frederick Paul Feder Sr., died in 1972.

She is survived by a daughter, Jane Feder Ringrose of Cincinnati; a son, Dr. Frederick Paul Feder Jr. of Fort Smith; and five grandchildren.

Frank B. Hurt

Political science teacher

A memorial service for Frank Benjamin Hurt, who retired in 1965 as chairman of the political science department at Western Maryland College and coached tennis there for many years, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Baker Chapel on the campus in Westminster.


Mr. Hurt, 92, died Feb. 16 of cancer at his home in Ferrum, Va.


C. Robert Lynch

Farm equipment dealer

C. Robert Lynch, a retired farm and garden equipment dealer, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease at the Westminster Nursing and Convalescent Center.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Lynch, who was 86 and lived in Westminster, was offered yesterday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glyndon.


He retired in 1980 as owner of C. R. Lynch Inc., which sold International Harvester equipment in Reisterstown for 30 years.

Earlier, he was an accountant in the Baltimore office of International Harvester, where he started work as an office boy in 1922.

Born in Westminster, he attended the Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore. He had been an air raid warden in Baltimore during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Katherine Kerr; three sons, Michael J. Lynch and C. Robert Lynch Jr., both of Reisterstown, and Edward D. Lynch of Westminster; three daughters, Mary C. Whitcraft of Reisterstown and Anne M. Collins and Elizabeth R. Lynch, both of Westminster; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


Ann Christopher


Seton alumna

A memorial service for Ann Callahan Christopher, who grew up in Baltimore and was a graduate of Seton High School, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Church of Arlington, Va.

Mrs. Christopher, 68, lived in Duck, N.C. She died April 22 at a hospital in Chesapeake, Va., after a series of strokes.

She retired about 10 years ago as office manager for a plastic pipe distributor in Falls Church, Va.

She is survived by her husband, Frank B. Christopher; a daughter, Cynthia Statham of Falls Church; two sons, Frank B. Christopher Jr. of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and Scott D. Christopher of Santa Fe, N.M.; a brother, James A. Callahan of the Pinehurst section of Baltimore County; a sister, Jeanne McBride of New Castle, Pa.; and six grandchildren.

Rev. R. F. Maggiore


Josephite priest

The Rev. Raphael F. Maggiore, S.S.J., who was associate pastor of St. Pius V Church in Baltimore between 1939 and 1942, died of a heart attack April 22 at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson. He was 86.

The native of Brooklyn, N.Y., was ordained a priest in 1939 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

His pastorates included Josephite churches in Wilmington, Del.; Beaumont, Texas; Pascagoula, Miss.; Mobile, Ala.; and Biloxi, Miss. He moved in 1989 to the Josephite Fathers' retirement home on West Lake Avenue, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered April 24.

Father Maggiore had no immediate family survivors.

Earl V. Carter


Retired Sun engraver

Earl V. Carter, a retired engraver who had worked for The Baltimore Sun for 47 years, died April 16 of cancer at a hospital in Daytona Beach, Fla. He was 81.

He had moved from Baltimore's Hamilton section to New Smyrna Beach, Fla., 21 years ago.

The native of Shadyside served in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of Baltimore's Crescent Yacht Club and the Smyrna Yacht Club and the Elks Lodge in New Smyrna Beach.

He is survived by his wife, the former Catherine Ramming.

Services for Mr. Carter were held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in New Smyrna Beach on April 20.