H. Lee RamsburgHoward businessmanServices for H. Lee...


H. Lee Ramsburg

Howard businessman

Services for H. Lee Ramsburg, a retired businessman and lifelong resident of Howard County, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Rockland United Methodist Church in Ellicott City.

Mr. Ramsburg died Saturday of emphysema after a brief stay at the Meridian Nursing Center in Severna Park. He was 98.

Born in Daisy, a community in western Howard County near Woodbine, he attended high school in Howard County and spent most of his life in Ellicott City.

His first wife, the former Lillian Stirn, whom he married in 1927, died in 1978. He married his second wife, the former Elizabeth James Rogers, in 1979. She died in 1981.

With his brother Alva, Mr. Ramsburg organized the Ramsburg Supply Co. in Ellicott City in 1931, retiring from the farm machinery and supply business in 1955.

Over the years, he served as a director of Stromberg Publications Inc. and as treasurer of the Howard County Savings and Loan Association. Mr. Ramsburg also had been a director of the Central Bank of Howard County, a member of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee and a vice president of the Citizens National Bank in Laurel.

He also was a member of the Ellicott City Rotary Club.

Survivors include his son, Everett L. Ramsburg of Marriottsville; a daughter, Luciene R. Pfefferkorn of Annapolis; two sisters, Ruth R. Stirn and Myrtle R. Wells, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; six grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to the American Lung Association, 1840 York Road, Baltimore 21204.

Services for Robert M. Willingham, owner and chief executive officer of the G & G Uniform Co., will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Ruck-Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Willingham, who was 64, died Sunday of heart failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Born in the Laurel area, he lived most of his life in Baltimore, graduating from Forest Park High School.

Forty years ago he became a mechanic's helper with the company at 2113 E. Oliver St., which manufactures uniforms under contract for such customers as the Girl Scouts. Ten years ago, he became its owner and president.

He served in the Navy in the 1940s.

He was active in Boumi Temple's Camel Wheels, Highlandtown Exchange Club, Royal Golf Club, Towson Investment Club and Boumi Golf Club.

He loved to travel and was an avid baseball fan.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Shirley Reckenberger, whom he married in 1949; two daughters, Deborah Bentley and Pamela Leonard, both of Towson; a son, Robert M. Willingham Jr. of Baltimore; his mother, Thelma Willingham, and a sister, Bettye Jane Agnor, both of Salisbury; and three granddaughters.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Cardiac Research Fund.

Sister Gerard Marie

Nurse, receptionist

A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Gerard Marie Clark, a retired nurse who had been a receptionist and switchboard operator since 1974 for the School Sisters of Notre Dame, will be offered at 10 a.m. today in the Villa Assumpta Chapel.

Sister Gerard Marie, who lived at Villa Assumpta at 6401 N. Charles St., died Friday of pneumonia at St. Joseph Hospital. She was 78.

From 1946 to 1953, the native of Bridgeport, Conn., was a nurse at the old motherhouse at 901 Aisquith St. Later, she worked for 21 years as an infirmary nurse for the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

After graduating from St. Lucy's Academy in Syracuse, N.Y., Sister Gerard Marie attended Central City Business School in Syracuse and Willard State Hospital Training School in Willard, N.Y.

For 10 years she worked as a hospital attendant at Rochester State Hospital.

In 1944, she entered the order of nuns and professed her vows two years later in Baltimore.

She had no immediate survivors.


Dr. Harry Eagle

Renowned researcher

Dr. Harry Eagle, a Johns Hopkins University graduate and former member of the Hopkins faculty who founded the Cancer Research Center at Yeshiva University in New York City, died June 12 of cancer at a hospital in Port Chester, N.Y.

The resident of Mamaronek, N.J., was 86.

He directed the research center at Yeshiva's Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 1972 to 1988, when he was named a professor emeritus. Earlier, he taught at the medical school of the University of Pennsylvania as well as at Hopkins, where he was on the medical school faculty from 1936 to 1948.

Dr. Eagle developed a culture medium that is named for him and is used for growing cells in research on cancer, viruses and genetic defects.

In 1987, he was awarded the National Medal of Science for his work, which also brought him honorary degrees from Yale and Wayne State universities, election to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars and election as chairman of the board of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.

Born in New York City, he was a 1923 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and a 1927 graduate of its medical school.

He had a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.

He headed laboratories and other units of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda before joining the faculty at Einstein in 1961.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Hope Whaley; a daughter, Kay Eagle Kyle of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.; a sister, Goldie Bardack of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services for Dr. Eagle were private.

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