Donald J. Roop

Retired health official

Dr. Donald J. Roop, retired director of the Baltimore County health department, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at his home in Towson. He was 76.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Washington.

Dr. Roop was a graduate of Western Maryland College and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He served his internship and residency at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore. He earned a degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, and a degree in tropical medicine through Walter Reed Hospital in Washington.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1943 to 1946. He later practiced medicine in Frederick County with his father, Dr. Ernest P. Roop, and served as health officer for Frederick County.

He moved to Baltimore County in 1948 and served as the county's assistant health officer from 1948 to 1951.

He was the regional medical director for Humble Oil for 15 years, from 1951 to 1966.

In 1967, he was named county health officer and directed the local health department until his retirement 20 years later.

During his tenure, he developed health programs for the elderly, began an industrial health service for county employees and instituted clinical services for the mentally ill. In 1963, he was named Physician of the Year in Baltimore County.

Dr. Roop was a member of many professional associations. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, past president of the Baltimore County Medical Association, former first vice president of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and past president of the Conference of Local Health Officers. He also served on the staff of Mercy and St. Joseph hospitals.

An avid golfer, Dr. Roop was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and the Seaview Country Club in New Jersey.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Patricia Roche; two sons, Donald J. Roop Jr. of Williamsburg, Va., and Robert G. Roop of Bethesda; two sisters, Margaret Wright of Exton, Pa., and Dorothy Harrison of Owings Mills; and five grandchildren.

Charles Odell Passapae, a retired Naval Reserve commander and National Security Agency employee, died Friday of heart failure in Pinehurst, N.C. He was 79.

Services for the Baltimore native were to be held at 9 a.m. today at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines, N.C.

Born in 1913, Mr. Passapae was reared in Bolton Hill and later lived in Catonsville with his wife, the former Helen Belt Giddings. The couple were married in 1940 in Baltimore.

The son of William Monroe Passapae and Cornelia Mifflin, Mr. Passapae was a 1933 graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and a 1940 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law.

He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve in April 1931 and workefor the NSA in Washington and on its Navy desk at Fort Meade.

He retired in 1973 with the rank of commander. In 1978, he and his wife moved to Pinehurst.

Mr. Passapae was a member of the Society of the Sons of the Revolution and the Society of Colonial Wars.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Passapae Huff, and a grandson, both of Pinehurst.

Stuart W. Vance Sr.

Xerox technician

Stuart Wayne Vance Sr., a specialist technician for Xerox Corp. for 25 years, died Thursday of heart failure while working in Annapolis. He was 53.

Services for Mr. Vance were to be held at 2 p.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave., S.W., Glen Burnie.

Mr. Vance, who was born in Baltimore, was a 1957 graduate of Glen Burnie Senior High School.

He was a member of Ferndale United Methodist Church and had been active in the Linthicum-Ferndale Youth Association for the past 21 years, serving as its president in 1982. He also served as vice president of the youth association's baseball and basketball groups at various times.

He enjoyed golf, oil painting and many sports. Over the years, he coached youth softball, baseball and basketball teams.

He took up oil painting about five or six years ago, winning awards for some of his works. Many of his paintings appeared in local art shows.

He and the former Betty Elaine Whiteford were married in 1959 at the Ferndale church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Stuart Wayne Vance Jr. of Linthicum, Michael Wayne Vance of Reston, Va., and Glenn Kenneth Vance of Ferndale; a daughter, Lisa Elaine Haley of Ferndale; a brother, Dennis Robert Vance of Brooklyn Park; two sisters, Karen Nicewarner of Federalsburg and Barbara Allers of Ferndale; and a grandson.

Isabelle Deaton

Active in church

Isabelle Blanche Deaton, widow of a former Baltimore Lutheran minister, died of kidney failure Thursday at the Hillcrest Convalescent Center in Durham, N.C. She was 91.

Services were to be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Durham.

The former Isabelle Blanche Berger was a native of Schuylkill Haven, Pa. She graduated from Schuylkill Haven High School and studied music and domestic arts at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh.

She lived in Baltimore from 1932 to 1970, when she moved to Durham.

She married John Leroy Deaton in 1928 in Schuylkill Haven. Mr. Deaton, the former pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Baltimore, died in 1960.

Mrs. Deaton enjoyed cooking and gardening and was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church. She also was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Durham.

She is survived by two sons, L. Crosby Deaton of Wilmington, Del., and Hugo L. Deaton of Hickory, N.C.; a daughter, Barbara D. Anderson of Durham; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Organ Fund, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham, N.C. 27701 or to the Endowment Fund at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles St., Baltimore 21230.

Alma Phillips Wehr

Former Guilford resident

Alma Phillips Wehr, widow of a Baltimore printing company executive and resident of the city's Guilford section for 60 years, died Wednesday of heart failure at Memorial Hospital in Easton.

Graveside services for Mrs. Wehr, who was 88, were conducted Saturday at Lorraine Park Cemetery in Woodlawn.

For the past four years, she had lived at William Hill Manor, an Easton retirement community.

Born in Cambridge, where her father founded the Phillips Packing Co., she was educated at the Cambridge High School and the Ogontz School in Jenkintown, Pa.

In 1926, she married Harry Wehr, and they built a home in the 4100 block of St. Paul St., where she would live for six decades. Mr. Wehr, who was president of the National Color Printing Co., died in 1966.

She was a member of the Roland Park Presbyterian Church, the Baltimore Country Club, the Woman's Club of Roland Park and the Three Arts Club of Homeland.

She is survived by a son, Harry Wehr III of Cambridge; a daughter, Alma Wehr van den Berg of Bozman; four grandsons, Howard Wehr Chambers of Baltimore and Dr. Theodore Phillips Chambers of Pittsburgh, and J. H. Leroy Chambers III and Oliver Wolcott van den Berg III, both of Charlotte, N.C.; and five


John L. Firth Sr.

Sales representative

John Livezey Firth Sr., a retired manufacturer's representative and longtime Talbot County resident, died Thursday of heart disease at his home, Beechwood, near Trappe. He was 73.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Beechwood.

A native of Germantown, Pa., Mr. Firth attended Mercersburg Academy. He was in the Coast Guard from 1939 to 1945, with World War II assignments in both the European and Pacific theaters.

After his service, he worked for Trappe Frozen Foods in Talbot County. He later moved to Salisbury, where he was station manager for Allegheny Airlines.

In 1954, he moved back to Talbot County and was a sales representative for Multifax Co., a manufacturing company of hatchery equipment, until his retirement in 1990.

Mr. Firth is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Barbara A. Newbaker; two sons, John L. "Jeb" Firth Jr. of Oxford and Justin B. Firth of Trappe; and two brothers, Thomas T. Firth Jr. and Rogers Firth, both of Trappe.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Talbot Hospice Foundation, 100 S. Hanson St., Easton, Md. 21601.

Flora M. Daniels

Guidance counselor

Flora M. Daniels, retired guidance counselor at Wicomico Senior High School, died Tuesday of cancer at the Deer's Head Center, a state hospital in Salisbury.

Services for Mrs. Daniels, who was 66, were held Saturday at Wesley Temple United Methodist Church in Salisbury.

She retired last year after serving as guidance counselor since 1968. She began her career in education in 1947 as a teacher of business education at Salisbury High School.

The former Flora Mae Hairston was a native of Asheville, N.C., and a graduate of Hampton University in Virginia. She held a master's degree from Columbia University and did graduate work at Salisbury State University and at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and at College Park.

She was a former secretary of the board of trustees at Wesley Temple, where she had also been a Sunday school teacher, chairman of the higher education and campus ministry committee and co-chairman of the membership committee.

She was cited for her work by the City of Salisbury Bi-Centennial Committee, the Wicomico County school board and Commission for Women and two local radio stations.

She was a former president of the Lower Shore Personnel and Guidance Association, a former officer of the Delta Sigma Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and a former secretary of the Wicomico County Teachers Association.

She belonged to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Eastern Shore Chapter of the Hampton Alumni Association, the Maryland State Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

She also was a member of the Maryland Association for Counseling and Development, the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters, the Christian Women's Club and the National Business Education Association.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Daniels; a stepdaughter, Barbara Fox of Washington; her mother and stepfather, Johnnie Mae Hairston McCorkle and Oliver W. McCorkle, both of Asheville; and a granddaughter.

Margaret A. Olt

Active in women's clubs

Margaret A. Olt, who had served as president of the Woman's Industrial Exchange before moving to Dunedin, Fla., in 1959, died Dec. 14 of an internal infection at her home there.

Services for Mrs. Olt, who was 94, were conducted Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Clearwater, Fla.

The former Margaret A. Bruhn was a native of Jersey City, N.J., who came to Baltimore in 1928. Her husband, Leonard F. Olt, was a vice president of the Crown Cork & Seal Co. He died in 1977.

She had been a member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park, and the Baltimore and Hillendale country clubs.

During World War II, she headed the United Seamen's Service Club, a center for merchant seamen similar to the USO for military personnel.

She was also active in women's and veterans groups in Dunedin.

Mrs. Olt is survived by two sons, Warren E. Olt of Timonium and Robert L. Olt of Dunedin; a daughter, Annette D. Slasman of Hagerstown; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Barbara D. Charters

Medical technician

Barbara Danley Charters, a retired medical technician for the Red Cross, died Tuesday at Baltimore County General Hospital of a respiratory illness.

Services for Mrs. Charters, who was 60 and lived on Carriage Hill Circle in Randallstown, were held Saturday in Washington, Pa.

She retired about a year ago from the virology laboratory of the Red Cross blood collection program in Baltimore.

Before going to work for the Red Cross 19 years earlier, she worked in a blood laboratory of the Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Before moving to the Baltimore area 25 years ago, the former Barbara Danley worked as a telephone operator in Washington, the western Pennsylvania town where she was born and educated.

She is survived by a daughter, Diane Danley McGuire of Mount Washington, and a grandson.

Mildred Carpenter

Clerical worker

Mildred Eck Carpenter, a native of Baltimore who lived for more than 40 years in Media, Pa., died Thursday of cancer at a nursing home in Springfield, Pa.

Services for Mrs. Carpenter, who was 80, were held Saturday in Media.

The former Mildred Regina Eck was a graduate of Eastern High School and the Strayer Business College.

She did clerical work for an insurance company in Baltimore before moving to Media.

Her husband, Clarence A. Carpenter, a retired accountant for the Du Pont Co., died in October.

She is survived by two sisters, Bertha Pillsbury of Haymarket, Va., and Lillian Pace of Ocean City; and many nieces and nephews.

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