Ran Broadway Theatre
Reginald P. Ashcroft, retired manager of the old Broadway Theatre whose civic undertakings included parties for children and an award-winning War Bond sales campaign during World War II, died Oct. 8 of leukemia at his home in Concord, Calif.
A memorial Mass for Mr. Ashcroft, who was 85 and had lived in Concord for 14 years, was to be offered at 10:30 a.m. today in the chapel at the Heartlands, 3004 N. Ridge Road, Ellicott City.
Known generally as Robert, or Bob, Mr. Ashcroft retired about 20 years ago. He had started working in the Rome theater chain in the mid-1930s as a doorman at the old Apollo Theatre on Harford Avenue. He moved to the Broadway, at 509 S. Broadway, as manager in the early 1940s.
He set up a War Bond booth in the lobby and held sales rallies, complete with bands and entertainers, outside on the sidewalk.
Mr. Ashcroft later told relatives he was "overwhelmed by the response of the neighborhood" and said that people would bring in pillowcases filled with money with which to buy bonds.
The sales brought him a citation from the Treasury Department.
Over the years, he also served as host for Christmas parties for underprivileged children at the theater. He would invite other groups of children for free shows, including the winning class in fund-raising contests at nearby St. Patrick's School.
He was a familiar figure in the local business community, visiting storekeepers to sell advertising trailers to be displayed on the theater's screen.
A native of Farmerville, La., he came to the Baltimore area in the late 1920s while serving in the Army and worked in a gasoline station before starting in the theater business.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Ann Harrigan; two daughters, Jean McCauley of Ellicott City and Nancy Hudson of Concord; two brothers, Luke Ashcroft of San Antonio, Texas, and Richard Ashcroft of Winfield, La.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Grafflin Cook Jr.
Grafflin Cook Jr., a retired stockbroker, died Thursday at Meridian Multi-Medical Nursing Center in Wiltondale after a lengthy illness. He was 84.
Services for Mr. Cook will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cathedral and Read streets, where he served as an usher for the 8 o'clock service for more than 30 years.
Born in Baltimore in 1907, Mr. Cook was the only child of Grafflin Cook Sr. and Charlotte Mallory Cook. The family lived at 3301 N. Charles St., a house built by the elder Mr. Cook. Johns Hopkins University recently purchased the house as part of its expansion.
Mr. Cook attended the Gilman School, the Tome School and Bordentown Military Academy. As a youth, he also traveled the world with his father, a treasurer with the Crown Cork & Seal Co.
Mr. Cook's first job was at the Davis Paint Co. He then enlisted in the Army during World War II, serving at Fort Lee in Virginia. After the war, he joined Stein Brothers & Boyce as a stockbroker, remaining with the firm until his retirement in the 1960s. He was married to Brooke Sanner of Baltimore, who died in 1987.
An avid bowler who won numerous championships at L'Hirondelle Club, Mr. Cook also belonged to the Baltimore County Club, where he played golf; Maryland Historical Society; University Club; and the Paint and Powder Club.
Survivors include his sons, Grafflin Cook III and Mallory Brooke Cook; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
Supervisor in plant
Jeanette Scott, a native of Baltimore and a supervisor in a seafood packing plant in Easton, died Monday at Memorial Hospital in Easton after an apparent heart attack.
Services for Mrs. Scott, who was 62 and lived in Carmichael, were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at John Wesley United Methodist Church there.
She had worked for 14 years for Sea Watch International Ltd., the former Old Salt Seafood Co.
The former Jeanette Jones was born in Baltimore, where she was educated in the public schools. She worked in a shoe factory and a packing plant before moving to the Eastern Shore 20 years ago.
Her husband, Eugene Scott, died in 1978.
At John Wesley United Methodist Church, she was an assistant to the pastor and a member of the building fund, church improvement and outreach ministries committees.
She is survived by two sons, Sylvester and Norman Williams, both of Baltimore; five daughters, Barbara and Linda Goodwin, both of Baltimore, Vivian Hawkins and Jeanette Goodwin, both of Centreville, and Mary Jane Cornish of Carmichael; a sister, Katherine Marsh of Gambrills; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Diane M. Bond
Blue Cross retiree
Diane M. Bond, a retired secretary in the professional relations department of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland, died Tuesday after a heart attack at the Towson home of a daughter.
A memorial service for Mrs. Bond, who was 64 and lived on Camberley Circle in Towson, was to be conducted at 11:30 a.m. today at the Episcopal Chapel of the Holy Comforter, Bellona and Seminary avenues in Lutherville.
She retired in 1991 after about 15 years with the insurer. In the late 1960s, she was a playground supervisor at the Friends School and, in the early 1970s, a saleswoman at a jeweler's and a bridal shop.
An avid golfer, she was a member of the Country Club of Maryland and a former member of the Towson Golf and Country Club and the Dulaney Springs Country Club. She also played at the Pine Ridge and Mount Pleasant golf courses.
The former Diane Rafferty was a native of East Orange, N.J., who moved to the Baltimore area in the mid-1950s.
She is survived by three daughters, Deborah Ellen Constantin of Pittsburgh, Nancy Lynn Ashmore of Idlewylde and Susan Marie Bond of Towson; a brother, William Rafferty of Toms River, N.J.; and three grandchildren.
Monsignor J. T. Ellis
Historian of Catholicism
Monsignor John Tracy Ellis, widely known as the dean of historians of American Catholicism, died yesterday in Washington at the age of 87, apparently of complications from a broken hip, Catholic University of America announced.
Monsignor Ellis' best-known books were a two-volume work on the life of Baltimore Archbishop James Cardinal Gibbons, which is recognized by experts as the basic work for students of late 19th- and early 20th-century American Catholicism. He also wrote a landmark essay in 1955 entitled "American Catholics and the Intellectual Life," which influenced Catholic colleges and seminaries to improve their educational standards.
The longtime professor of history and church history at Catholic University was the first Catholic president of the American Society of Church History.
He is survived by two nephews.