Ruth W. SmithBaltimore teacherRuth W. Smith, a...


Ruth W. Smith

Baltimore teacher

Ruth W. Smith, a reading and English teacher in Baltimore public schools, died Tuesday of cancer at her home in the Randallstown area.

The 51-year-old Courtleigh Drive resident was a teacher at the Calverton Middle School had taught in elementary and middle schools for more than two decades.

The former Ruth W. Gamble was a native of Manning, S.C., who was reared there and in Baltimore. She was a graduate of Dunbar High School and Coppin State College, where she earned a master's degree.

At the Southern Baptist Church on North Chester Street, she was an usher, member of the choir, Sunday school teacher and member of the deaconess board. She was also a member of the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Baltimore Teachers Union and the Inner City Bowling League.

Services were to be conducted at noon today at the Southern Baptist Church, 1701 N. Chester St., Baltimore.

She is survived by her husband, Frank E. Smith; three daughters, Violet White of Randallstown, Dalphine Hamlin of Baltimore and Natalie Wyche Frazier of Laurel; a stepdaughter, Crystal Mason of Monterey, Calif., two stepsons, Rodney Smith of Germany and Duane Smith of Raleigh, N.C.; her mother, Mable Gamble of Baltimore; two sisters, Naomi McLaughlin of Richmond, Va., and Antoinette Johnson Ball of Baltimore; a brother, Clarence Gamble of Stamford, Conn.; and eight grandchildren. Frank J. Bagdon Sr., a retired Baltimore plumbing inspector who was decorated for his World War II service in a B-17 in Europe, died Tuesday at his Towson home after being injured in a fall near there April 23.

The 75-year-old Cedar Avenue resident retired about a decade ago after working for the city for about five years. Earlier, the master plumber worked for other plumbers and operated his own business in the Towson area in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Baltimore native was a member of the 104th Observation Squadron of the Maryland Air National Guard when it was called into service in World War II. He then became a member of the 379th Bombardment Group, serving as flight engineer and top turret gunner on a B-17, the Pansy Yokum.

A technical sergeant, he flew in 35 combat missions over Europe. His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters.

He was a member of the Towson Post of the American Legion and of the 379th Bombardment Group WWII Association.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd., Hillendale.

He is survived by his wife, the former Catherine Elliott; two daughters, Patricia D. OBrey of Towson and Lynne C. Zaganas of Cockeysville; a son, Frank J. Bagdon Jr. of Towson; his mother, Catherine M. Bagdon of Baltimore; two sisters, Catherine T. Bagdon of Baltimore and Dolores A. Russell of Rosedale; and seven grandchildren.

Lt. Col. F. A. Potts

Civil engineer

Lt. Col. Frederic A. Potts, who also had been a civilian employee at Fort Meade, died Thursday of pneumonia at a hospital in Clearwater, Fla.

Colonel Potts, 84, had moved from Gibson Island to Fort Myers, )) Fla., in 1978 and then to Belleair, Fla., in 1990.

A civil engineer, he retired as a civilian employee in the mid-1970s and as an Army officer in 1956. The native of Lakewood, N.J., was a graduate of the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., and, in 1932, of Yale University.

Services were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Belleair.

His wife, the former Virginia Cox, died in 1990. He is survived by a son, Frederick A. Potts IV of Baltimore; three daughters, Susan Potts Simoneau of Belleair, Elizabeth Potts Bagshaw of Holden, Mass., and Jane Potts Primrose of Gibson Island; and five grandchildren.

Carrie D. Jackson

Retired math teacher

Carrie Dorsey Jackson, a retired Baltimore public school mathematics teacher, died April 20 at Liberty Medical Center after suffering a stroke. She was 84 and lived in Ashburton.

The Baltimore native graduated with honors from Douglass High School. In 1929, she received a bachelor of arts degree from the then-Morgan State College. She later did graduate work at Morgan, New York University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Her teaching career in the city public school system included assignments at Dunbar, Harvey Johnson, Cherry Hill, Lombard and Pimlico junior high schools. She retired in 1973.

She was a member of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Two years ago, she was named Zeta of the Year in recognition of more than 60 years of service to the sorority.

She was also a member of the Ashburton Neighborhood Association, the Women's Committee of the Arena Players and several local social clubs, and a volunteer at the National Aquarium.

Her husband, Algernon M. A. Jackson, died last month.

Memorial services for Mrs. Jackson are to be held at noon today at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave. in Baltimore, where she was a member and active in many of the church's organizations.

She is survived by a son, Wilbert A. James of North Brunswick, N.J.; a daughter, Peggy J. Washington of Baltimore; three sisters, Alma Walker of Baltimore, Sara Jones-Current of Lansing, Mich., and Ethel Hall of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Child First Campaign of Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave., Baltimore 21217. Eleanor L. Slacum, who retired as assistant professor and assistant to the dean of the University of Maryland nursing school, died Tuesday at the Glasgow Nursing Home in Cambridge of complications of injuries from a March 7 automobile accident.

She was 89 and had returned to her hometown of Cambridge after she retired nearly 25 years ago from the nursing school posts she had held since 1955.

She had also been assistant director of nursing at the then-University of Maryland Hospital and an instructor in the nursing school.

She was a 1921 graduate of Cambridge High School and a 1928 graduate of the nursing school at Cambridge-Maryland Hospital, now Dorchester General Hospital.

She received a certificate in surgical nursing from Johns Hopkins Hospital and was director of nursing and administrator of the Cambridge hospital from 1940 until 1947.

After moving to University Hospital in 1947, she earned bachelor's and master's degrees at UM, did graduate work at American University in Washington, D.C., and served an internship as a psychiatric nurse at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in the District.

She was a member of the Nurses Alumni Association of the University of Maryland, the Maryland Nurses Association, the national and Maryland leagues for nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International, an honorary nursing sorority.

She had also been president of the Dorchester County organization of the American Cancer Society and secretary of the county's committee of the Chesapeake Health Planning Systems, a private regional and local health planning corporation. She also had been a volunteer in the nursing scholarship program at Wor-Wic Tech Community College, which serves Worcester and Wicomico counties on the Eastern Shore.

She had also been active in the Woman's Club of Cambridge, St. Paul's United Methodist Church and the Peninsula Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Services for Miss Slacum were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at St. Paul's Church in Cambridge.

She is survived by a sister, Anna Mae Slacum, and a brother, Paul L. Slacum, both of Cambridge; and three nephews.

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