Frank E. WalkerInsurance managerFrank Edward Walker, an...


Frank E. Walker

Insurance manager

Frank Edward Walker, an insurance man for 40 years, died March 2 at Liberty Medical Center after an abdominal blood vessel ruptured. He was 83.

Employed by Mutual Life Insurance Co., Mr. Walker held successive assignments in Fitzgerald, Ga.; Nashville; Pittsburgh; and Baltimore, where he was district manager.

His four decades of service ended when he retired in 1972.

In addition to his insurance work, Mr. Walker led an active community life.

He was a trustee of Grace Presbyterian Church and a director of Provident Hospital, where he helped build the new facility, now Liberty Medical Center on Liberty Heights Avenue.

He served on the boards of the Urban League, CEBO and the Frontiers Club International, while maintaining an active membership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Mr. Walker also was a charter member of the Daytimers Club, which he served for many years as treasurer and contract bridge instructor.

He also was active in the local affairs of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, and served as president of the Baltimore graduate chapter, Delta Lambda.

The Burke County, Ga., native lived on Dorchester Road in the Ashburton area.

He lost his right arm in a hunting accident at age 13. Although right-handed, he taught himself to write with his left hand.

Mr. Walker attended the Boggs Academy, a private Presbyterian high school, graduating in 1928 as class valedictorian. He graduated with honors from Johnson C. Smith University in 1932 and did additional study at the Kent School of Law, the University of Pittsburgh and the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1934, he and the former Rubye Louise Sampson were married in Nashville, Tenn.

Mr. Walker is survived by his wife; a daughter, Norma Grace Walker Scott; three brothers, Albert Walker, Phinazee Walker and William Walker; a foster sister, Lula W. Slaughter; and a grandson.

Services were conducted March 6 at the Grace Presbyterian Church.


Jessie Williams

Cemetery caretaker

Jessie Williams, retired caretaker at Arbutus Memorial Cemetery and a former North Carolina farmer, died Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications following surgery. He was 79.

Before moving to Baltimore in 1958, Mr. Williams operated a farm with his wife, Elnora, in Littleton, N.C., where they raised cotton, corn, peanuts and tobacco. Mrs. Williams died in 1972.

In Baltimore, he lived on East Oliver Street.

He retired from his job at the Arbutus cemetery in 1983.

Mr. Williams worshiped at Southern Baptist Church on Chester Street and was a Mason. He enjoyed fishing in the Baltimore area.

Mr. Williams is survived by three daughters, Emma Johnson, Louise Williams and Nettie Bensen, all of Baltimore; six sons, Lemuel Williams, Jessie Williams Jr., Wilburt Williams, Matthew Williams, Dee Williams and Mack Williams, all of Baltimore; and 30 grandchildren.

A wake has been scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today at March Funeral Home, 1101 E. North Ave. Services were scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Lee's Chapel Baptist Church in Littleton.

Carol Wolf Thomsen

Civic leader, traveler

Carol Wolf Thomsen, a leader in many civic and community organizations, world traveler and widow of a prominent federal judge, died of pneumonia Thursday at her Roland Park home. She was 89.

She and Roszel C. Thomsen, who was the country's longest-serving U.S. District judge, were married 63 years. Judge Thomsen died last year.

Mrs. Thomsen had been president of the Goucher College Alumnae Association and the Women's Society of Grace United Methodist Church.

She was a founding member of the Cliff Dwellers Garden Club and was for many years a district judge for the Federated Garden Clubs.

At various times, she was an officer of the YWCA, the Flag House, the Women's Civic League and the Women's Club of Roland Park. She belonged to several book clubs and the Friends of the Goucher Library.

One of Mrs. Thomsen's favorite activities was travel. She crossed the Atlantic Ocean 22 times by ship and was a member for more than 50 years of the Travel Club, which chose a country or geographical phenomenon to visit each year and heard papers from members after the trip on a particular subject.

The former Carol Griffing Wolf grew up in Roland Park and lived in Homeland most of her married life. She attended the Bryn Mawr School and graduated from Friends School and Goucher College.

Mrs. Thomsen is survived by two daughters, Grace Thomsen Babcock of Fallston and Margaret Thomsen Moler of Baltimore; a son, George E. Thomsen of Baltimore; a brother, Stewart G. Wolf of Bangor, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Roszel C. Thomsen Lectureship Fund at Goucher College, Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, Md. 21204.


Hammond W. Rice

JHU safety director

Hammond W. Rice, occupational safety director at the Johns Hopkins University and for many years a volunteer firefighter in Towson, died Friday of a heart attack at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 63.

For the past seven years, Mr. Rice had been occupational safety director at the university.

Before joining Hopkins, he worked for 17 1/2 years at Maryland Cup Corp., where he was fire protection and safety director for Baltimore region operations.

Mr. Rice was a life member of the Providence Volunteer Fire Department in Towson.

He graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and earned associate of arts degrees from Catonsville Community College and Essex Community College.

During the late 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Rice was a member of the Air National Guard at Glenn L. Martin State Airport, attaining the rank of master sergeant and serving as chief of crash-fire rescue.

In addition to his wife of 37 years, the former Marion A. Morris, Mr. Rice is survived by two sons, Gary W. Rice of Roland Park, and Thomas E. Rice, a Baltimore County firefighter and a member of the Providence volunteer company; and a granddaughter.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Johnson Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Providence Volunteer Fire Department, 1416 Providence Road, Towson, Md. or the Francis Scott Key Burn Center, 4940 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21224.

Earl T. Brown

Retired principal

Earl T. Brown, a retired Howard County and New Jersey elementary school principal, died of cancer Tuesday at his home Baltimore's Ashburton neighborhood. He was 64.

In 1970, he became principal of Running Brook Elementary School in Columbia, where he worked until 1974, when he was chosen principal of the new Westside Community School Complex in Atlantic City, N.J. He was offered the job by New Jersey's superintendent of schools, whom he had met at a teacher convention. He kept the New Jersey position until he retired in 1989.

In the 1960s, before going to Columbia, Mr. Brown taught at Joseph Lockerman Elementary School in the Baltimore public school system. Before becoming a teacher, he had been a social worker with the Baltimore City Department of Social Services for four years.

Mr. Brown earned a bachelor's degree in social studies from Hampton University in 1952. He received a second bachelor's degree in elementary education from Coppin State College in 1959. Ten years later, he graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a master's degree in elementary school administration and supervision.

zTC Mr. Brown also took courses at Eastern Michigan University, Towson State University and LaVerne College in Los Angeles. He was a member of Beta Sigma Tau fraternity.

He joined the Army in 1952, serving as an executive officer with an anti-aircraft battalion. He was honorably discharged in 1955 with the rank of captain.

He also was a member and elder and choir mamber at West Baltimore's Trinity Presbyterian Church.

He liked to exercise and went swimming or jogging nearly every day. He also played the piano.

Mr. Brown and his wife, the former Lena Bleen, maintained homes in Baltimore and in the Pomona section of New Jersey.

Born in the town of Golts in Kent County, Mr. Brown was the 13th of 14 children born to Walter and Lucy Brown.

He attended elementary schools in Kent County and was a graduate of Garnett High School in Chestertown.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3200 Walbrook Ave.

In addition to his wife of 40 years, he is survived by a daughter, Denise B. Bailey of Baltimore; two sisters, Ella Elder, of Wilmington, Del., and Lillian Gassaway of Townsend, Del.; three brothers, Walter Brown of Townsend, Calvin Brown of Wilmington, and Arthur Brown of Golts; and a granddaughter.

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