S. Michael FloamLawyerS. Michael Floam, a lawyer...

S. Michael Floam



S. Michael Floam, a lawyer who handled many medical malpractice cases, died Thursday at Maryland General Hospital after a heart attack on Tuesday.

Services for the 53-year-old Keswick Road resident are to be conducted at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road.


Mr. Floam was a partner in the firm of Floam and Kleid for about 10 years. Earlier, he practiced law by himself.

He represented and was a member of the Hemlock Society, which supports the right of the terminally ill to choose to end their lives.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the New York Military Academy. He also attended the Sullivan School in Washington before completing his education at the Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University law school and the Boston University business school, where he earned a master's degree.

In the late 1960s, he served as an officer in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps in Thailand.

A member of the Baltimore, Maryland, California and American bar associations, he also belonged to the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

In addition, he was a Mason and a member of the Ecology Action Association and the Baltimore Hang Gliding Association.

He is survived by his wife, the former Judy Stoler; a daughter, Jennifer Floam; and a son, Josh Floam, all of Baltimore; and two sisters, Alexandra Carmel of New York City and Sally Folkoff of Stevenson.

John Kosmas


Sealtest retiree

A memorial service for John Kosmas, a retired loading dock worker for Sealtest Foods in Cockeysville, was to be conducted today during the 9 a.m. liturgy at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 S. Ponca St.

The service will commemorate the anniversary of the death of Mr. Kosmas, a 70-year-old Highlandtown resident who was killed Oct. 13, 1991, in an automobile accident on U.S. 50 on the Eastern Shore. He was returning to Baltimore from a fishing trip.

He was born on the island of Rhodes and served in the Greek Army during World War II.

In the late 1980s, he and his wife returned to Rhodes, where he remodeled his home. He returned to his home in Highlandtown in January 1991.

He is survived by his wife, the former Amalia Tsakiris; five daughters, Irene Vasilios of Rosedale, Soula Roxanis of Columbia, Maria Herald of Chester, Va., Dessie Koutsandreas of Potomac and Debbie Cameron of Dublin, Ohio; and eight grandchildren.



Gertrude Layton

Active in USO

Gertrude Layton, who had been active in United Service Organizations, hospital and community affairs, died early Friday at Sinai Hospital of complications after surgery.

Services for the 77-year-old Slade Apartments resident were to be conducted at 9 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

She began USO work for the National Jewish Welfare Board during World War II at the old YMHA building on West Monument Street. She served as treasurer of the local committee and then became its president during the Korean War. The group added work at local military and veterans hospitals to the original USO ,, program.


Mrs. Layton continued to head the committee after it became independent of the national groups and was known as the Jewish Armed Service Committee of Baltimore and an agency of what is now the Associated Jewish Community Federation.

Born in Baltimore, the former Gertrude Levinson was a 1937 graduate of the University of Baltimore law school.

She is survived by her husband, Nathan N. Layton; two sons, Marshall B. Layton and Dr. Richard E. Layton, both of Pikesville; a sister, Anna Polovoy of Pikesville; a brother, Bunny Levinson of Pikesville; and five grandchildren.


Edward E. Slick

Labor union employee


Edward Elwood Slick of Hagerstown died Friday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va. He was 67.

Services were scheduled for 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North in Hagerstown. His body will be donated to science.

For 37 years Mr. Slick, a native of Washington County, was a member and employee of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 37.

Mr. Slick was a veteran of World War II and served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Funkstown American Legion, Post 211, and the Aeronautics Club in Hagerstown.

Mr. Slick is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Slick; two daughters, Patricia C. Kauffman of Chincoteague, Va., and Julie A. Slick of Hagerstown; three sons, Edward E. Slick Jr. and Gregory E. Slick, both of Hagerstown, and David Francis Slick of Waynesboro, Pa.; a sister, Mae Manspeaker of Hagerstown; a brother, Leroy Slick of Lewisberry, Pa.; six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the AmericaCancer Society, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown 21740.


Charles H. Cross


Charles H. "Chucky" Cross, a 10th-grader at Old Mill High School, died Tuesday of stab wounds at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was 16.

Services for the Millersville youth were to be conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Singleton Funeral Home Chapel.

He was an all-star pitcher for the Elvaton Little League for three years.

A native of Baltimore, he enjoyed basketball, weight lifting and riding trail bikes.


He is survived by his mother, Delores K. Cross; his father, John T. Cross Sr.; a sister, Gretchen R. Cross; a brother, John T. Cross Jr., all of Millersville; and a grandfather, Charles Engelhaupt of Baltimore.