Ralph J. TyserWine dealer, benefactorA memorial service...


Ralph J. Tyser

Wine dealer, benefactor

A memorial service for Ralph J. Tyser, a retired wine dealer who was an active benefactor and alumnus of the University of Maryland, will be held at 10:30 this morning at the Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Mr. Tyser, who was 74 and lived in Washington for 40 years, died Wednesday of cancer at a hospital there.

He retired in 1988 as chairman of the board of the Globe Distributing Co., a wholesale wine distributor in Virginia. Forty years ago, he had joined the firm when it was a liquor and wine distributor in the District of Columbia.

The Baltimore native was a 1936 graduate of City College and a 1940 graduate of the University of Maryland, where he was an accounting major.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel.

A frequent donor to the university, which named a recent addition to the stadium for him, he was a member of the board of visitors of the College of Business and Management and a life member of the Alumni Association. He also belonged to other university groups, including the Chancellor's Advisory Council, the executive committee of the President's Club, the Colonnade Society and the Terrapin Club.

Outside the university, he was president of the Edlavitch-Tyser Foundation, a family charitable organization; a member of the boards of the Washington Hebrew Congregation and the National Zoo; and a member of the American Legion, the Touchdown Club, the Woodmont Country Club and the Army and Navy Country Club.

PD He is survived by a sister, Selma Tyser Edlavitch of Washington.

Robert Patterson Jr.

Investment executive

Services for Robert Urie Patterson Jr., an estate planner with Legg Mason, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

Mr. Patterson, who was 68, died Thursday at his Timonium home from complications of scleroderma, a skin disease.

Born in Washington, D.C., Mr. Patterson grew up in Oklahoma City and graduated from St. John's Military Academy in Delafield, Wis.

He then moved to Baltimore, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the Johns Hopkins University and was a member of the Hopkins golf team.

He lived in Baltimore for the rest of his life.

After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law, Mr. Patterson served in the Army during World War II in the European Theater, attaining the rank of lieutenant. He remained in the Army Reserve and retired as a major.

Mr. Patterson worked for Legg Mason, then went into banking and worked for the trust division of Maryland National Bank. He returned to Legg Mason, where he was working as an investment executive and stockbroker at the time of his death.

He was a member of the Elkridge Club, the Baltimore Country Club, the Bachelors Cotillion and the Military Order of the Caribou. He was past president of the Paint and Powder Club, a theater club that puts on annual productions to raise money for charity.

Mr. Patterson was a board member of the Margaret J. Bennett Home and a member of the vestry of the Church of the Redeemer.

He was the son of the late Robert Urie Patterson Sr., surgeon general of the United States from 1931 to 1935, and the late Eleanor Reeve Patterson. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Sandra Monroe Kamtman; and his sons, Robert Baden Patterson and Lloyd Reeve Patterson, both of Baltimore.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210.

A memorial service for Erik Alexander Kaufman, a young fisherman who managed a seafood business, will be held Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Towson Unitarian-Universalist Church, 1710 Dulany Valley Road in Lutherville.

Mr. Kaufman, who was 32, died July 28 of skin cancer at his White Hall home.

Born in Baltimore on Christmas eve 1959, Mr. Kaufman attended St. James Academy in Monkton. He graduated in 1978 from Hereford High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in law enforcement from the University of Maryland College Park in 1982 and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

As a seafood entrepreneur, he spent time fishing off the coast of Maine and managed a seafood business in the Washington area.

Mr. Kaufman is survived by his parents, Eleanor and Alexander ** Kaufman of White Hall; his sister, Elsie Marshall of Washington, D.C.; his brother, Frederik Kaufman of Ithaca, N.Y., and three nephews.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Family House, 233 McKee Place, Pittsbyrgh, Pa. 15213.

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