Delmonico ReesbyRetired physician, 96Dr. Delmonico McKinley Reesby,...


Delmonico Reesby

Retired physician, 96

Dr. Delmonico McKinley Reesby, who maintained a general medical practice in Baltimore from 1929 until he retired in 1964, died Tuesday at Mercy Medical Center of an infection.

He was 96 and lived on Walbrook Avenue.

Dr. Reesby was a member of the medical staff at the old Provident Hospital and of the Monumental City Medical Society, the National Medical Association and other professional and civic groups.

A native of Roanoke, Va., he was a graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary and College in Lynchburg and did graduate work at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., before entering the Howard University medical school from which he graduated in 1927.

He then served an internship and residency at Provident before establishing his practice.

Services for Dr. Reesby were to be conducted at noon today at the March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.

He is survived by his wife, the former Cleaver Reynolds; and several nieces and nephews.

Raymond H. Smith, who was a dairy farmer in the Frederick area from 1941 until the early 1960s, died Monday of cancer at a nursing home in Lake Preston, S.D.

He was 94 and had moved to Brookings, S.D., in 1991.

He had operated Monocacy Meadows Farms with family members as partners and had produced milk for the Maryland-Virginia Milk Producers Association.

The farm won All-American designations and other honors at cattle shows and garnered Efficient Production and Progressive Breeders Registry awards from the Holstein Friesian Association Maryland.

Mr. Smith had represented Maryland for many years at the annual conventions of the Holstein-Friesian Association, and he had also been a member of the Frederick County Holstein Association, the Dairy Herd Improvement Association and the National Association for the Promotion of Soil Conservation.

He was a former chairman of the Frederick County United Appeal and a former member of the Grange, the Frederick County Farm Bureau and the Extension Service Advisory Committee.

In the early 1960s, he was an administrator of the Farmers Home Administration for Maryland and Delaware.

Born in Erwin, S.D., he earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture at South Dakota University and a master's degree from the University of Iowa, where he taught for a time. He worked as a project manager for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville before he moved to Frederick.

He was a former member of the administrative board of the Calvary United Methodist Church.

Services were to be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Lake Preston.

Mr. Smith's first wife, the former Lloyd Church, died in 1990.

He is survived by his wife, the former Alvilda Sorenson; a son, Royd R. Smith of Frederick; two daughters, Margaret S. Sante of Rockville and Dottie M. Woods of Glendale, Ariz; a sister, Alice Horsted of Bryant, S.D.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Hugh H. Gambrill

Mortgage banker

Hugh H. Gambrill, a retired mortgage banking company official and contractor, died Monday of heart failure at the Harbor Hospital Center.

Mr. Gambrill, who was 72 and lived in Pasadena, retired in the mid-1970s after more than 25 years with Weaver Brothers, where he was a senior vice president, and a successor firm, Chesapeake Financial, where he also was vice president.

After his retirement from the mortgage business, he started the Marlton Construction Co., which specialized in residential building, until his final retirement in 1984.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and served in the Army Air Forces as a fighter pilot

during World War II.

He was a former president of the Home Builders Association of Anne Arundel County and of the Baltimore Mortgage Bankers Association.

He had been a member of the Lochearn Lions Club and the Randallstown Kiwanis Club.

Services were scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road in Severna Park.

His first wife, the former Betty Ann Bradley, died in 1983.

He is survived by his wife, the former Violet J. Miller; two sons, Richard N. Gambrill of Columbia and Robert H. Gambrill of

Timonium; four stepdaughters, Constance Paradise of Baltimore, Robin Bowers of Summerville, S.C., Amy McDowell of Street and Lori Chell-Smith of Abingdon; a brother, Richard D. Gambrill of Phoenix; and 10 grandchil


Ambrose Challmes

Retired nurse's aide

Ambrose J. Challmes, a retired nurse's aide, died Monday of pneumonia at the Meridian Nursing Center-Long Green.

The 87-year-old Towson resident earlier lived for many years in Govans and nearby areas in Northeast Baltimore.

He retired in 1972 from the Mount Wilson State Hospital, where he was Employee of the Year in 1965. In 36 years at the tuberculosis hospital, he worked 34 consecutive years without time off for illness.

The former lumberyard foreman began working at Mount Wilson after being treated there for tuberculosis. He was a native of East Baltimore who was educated in the public schools.

He was active in the Maryland Classified Employees Association.

His first wife, the former Anna Groff, died in the 1940s. His second wife, the former Frances A. Tiralla, died last year.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Govans.

Mr. Challmes is survived by a son, Joseph J. Challmes of #F Reisterstown; a daughter, Frances Wozny of Baltimore; a sister, Angela Sahm of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

J. J. Harrington Sr.

Retired from Woodlawn

James J. Harrington Sr., a retired supervisor of stationary engineers for the General Services Administration at Social Security Administration headquarters in Woodlawn, died Tuesday of cancer at the Stella Maris Hospice.

The 75-year-old Lutherville resident retired in 1982 after working at the Woodlawn headquarters since it opened in 1960; earlier, he worked at the Marine Hospital in Baltimore. Before working for the government, he was employed at a chemical firm. During World War II, he was in the Army Air Forces in Africa and Italy.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute. He was a member of the Parkville Post of the American Legion and the Parkville Memorial Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at Timonium's Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity.

Mr. Harrington is survived by his wife, the former Mary Nemuras; two sons, Thomas John Harrington of Towson and James Joseph Harrington Jr. of Ellicott City; a daughter, Diane Mary Hall of Annapolis; a sister, Mary M. Ruth of Parkville; and nine grandchildren.


Ann K. Maxwell

Medical secretary

Ann K. Maxwell, a medical secretary who was active in Roman Catholic groups, died Tuesday at St. Agnes Hospital of complications after surgery.

Mrs. Maxwell, who was 60 and lived on Goucher Boulevard in Towson, worked as a medical secretary for Radiology Associates in Towson.

She was a member of the Parish Council of Immaculate Conception Church in Towson and Opus Dei, and was active in the Right to Life campaign.

The former Ann Koll was born in Baltimore and graduated from Mount St. Agnes High School and Villa Julie College.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues.

She is survived by four sons, Thomas P. Maxwell of Washington and Michael J. Maxwell, Timothy J. Maxwell and Terance P. Maxwell, all of Baltimore; two daughters, Mary Ellen Fonte and Kathleen A. Hummer, both of Baltimore; a brother, Michael John Koll Jr. of Woodbine; and a granddaughter.

John J. Yesker Sr.

Motor winder, musician

John J. Yesker Sr., a retired motor winder for the General Electric Co. in Baltimore, died June 4 at the University of Maryland Medical Center after suffering a heart attack about a month earlier.

The 68-year-old Pasadena resident retired in 1986 after working for General Electric for 20 years.

For many years, he also worked in taverns, singing and playing oldies and honky-tonk music. A native of Baltimore who was educated in the public schools, he served in the Navy during World War II.

Services were conducted Tuesday at the Gonce Funeral Home in Riviera Beach.

Mr. Yesker is survived by his wife, the former Dolores Taylor; two daughters, Helen Heck of Edgewater and Mary Brunkalla of Pasadena; three sons, John J. Yesker Jr. of Ferndale, David T. Yesker of Pasadena and Charles Yesker of Chicago; a brother, Robert Yesker of Kent Island; two sisters, Mary Riggs of Baltimore and Teresa Koslosky of Locust, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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