Frederick L. Jones
Frederick Lewis Jones, a former Baltimorean and an educator at Stockton College in Pomona, N.J., died of cancer Sept. 22 at his home in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. He was 55.
He had been an academic adviser at the college since 1990 and a mediator for the Atlantic County (N.J.) Community Justice Institute. He also directed Project IMPACT, a program to provide tutoring to county junior high students involved in the juvenile justice system.
Mr. Jones was reared in Baltimore and attended public schools there, graduating in 1956 from Frederick Douglass High School. After graduation from high school, he served in the Air Force in Alaska and worked for the Social Security Administration and General Motors on Broening Highway.
During the 1960s, he was active with the Congress of Racial Equality in Baltimore during a fair-housing campaign. He went to college in 1967 and earned a bachelor's degree in special education in 1971 from Coppin State College. While at Coppin, he was president of the student government for two years.
He continued his education at the Antioch Graduate School of Education in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he earned a master's degree in education. He worked from 1977 to 1990 as director of undergraduate programs, director of student services and as a faculty member in child development at Antioch University Philadelphia until that branch of Antioch College closed.
"Since leaving Baltimore, he devoted his life to providing opportunities for those overlooked by conventional higher educational institutions and programs to earn college degrees and elevate themselves out of poverty or at least dead-end jobs," recalled a friend, Carolyn Stewart Dyer.
Mr. Jones also held academic positions at the Berks County Campus of Pennsylvania State University and was a consultant from 1983 to 1984 at the American International School of Lisbon in Carnaxide, Portugal.
He also was a consultant to the Philadelphia Head Start program for 13 years while working at Antioch.
"He spoke out loud against injustice wherever he saw it," said Tawana F. Sabbath, who knew Mr. Jones since 1973.
Mr. Jones was buried at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Sept. 24. Services were set for 3 p.m. today at the Walter E. Sabbath Jr. Funeral Home, 2530 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 9 at the Sharp Street United Methodist Church in Baltimore.
Mr. Jones is survived by his mother, Katherine Jones of Baltimore; three brothers, Irvin Jones and William Jones, both of Baltimore, and Allan Jones of New York; two sisters, Catherine Johnson and Dorothy Raikes, both of Baltimore; and his longtime companion, Nancy Stewart of Philadelphia.
The family suggests donations to Coppin State College Development Foundation or the Freedom Theatre of Philadelphia.
Charles M. Bloom Jr.
Finance vice president
Charles M. Bloom Jr., a retired Finance Company of America vice president, died Thursday of cancer at his home in Catonsville.
The 72-year-old former Army first lieutenant retired from the finance company in 1982 after 36 years of service that was interrupted by the Korean War.
The Catonsville native was a graduate of the Catonsville High School, where he won letters as a member of the baseball, basketball, soccer and track teams.
Drafted during World War II, he served in Italy and was awarded his first Purple Heart when wounded by machine gun fire. After the war, he studied accounting at the Eastern College of Commerce and Law and later at the University of Baltimore, where he earned a bachelor's degree. He remained in the Army Reserve and was recalled to active duty and commissioned in the Korean War.
In Korea, he earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge with a star and his second Purple Heart for wounds sustained when a fellow soldier stepped on a land mine. His injuries also brought a disability retirement.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Retired Officers Association.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 30 Melvin Ave., Catonsville.
He is survived by his wife, the former Myrtle H. Avery; sons Charles E. Bloom of Arbutus and James M. Bloom of Catonsville; daughter Donna M. Baker of Eldersburg; sister Dorothy Sheely of Catonsville, and three grandchildren.
Edgar E. Ruff
Edgar E. Ruff, a native of Baltimore and a chemist who held 14 patents on detergent manufacturing processes, died Wednesday of cancer at a hospital in Columbia, S.C.
Mr. Ruff, who was 85, moved to Columbia in 1974, two years after his retirement from Lever Bros. in Edgewater, N.J. He was a consultant to the soap maker for a time after his retirement.
He had begun working in Baltimore for a predecessor of the firm but was transferred out of town by Lever Bros. in the 1940s.
Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University. He also worked in Chicago and Boston.
A licensed patent agent, he had also been a member of the New Jersey Patent Law Association.
A bass, he sang in church choirs in Baltimore; Cambridge, Mass.; and Bergenfield, N.J.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. today at the Johnson Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd., Baynesville.
He is survived by his wife, the former Leta Maxine Lushbaugh; a son, Edgar Wade Ruff of Columbia, S.C.; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter.
Robert E. Burck Sr.
Retired B&O; machinist
Robert E. Burck Sr., a retired machinist, died Wednesday of cancer at his Glen Burnie home. He was 69.
He retired from the Baltimore and Ohio railroad in 1983 after a career that began with an apprenticeship in 1941 at the B&O;'s TC Mount Clare shops. He worked for many years at the Riverside roundhouse and ended his service at the carrier's Curtis Bay coal pier.
He was born on Grindal Street in South Baltimore, several blocks from the whistles, trains and railroad yards of the B&O.; He attended city public schools and graduated from Southern High School in 1941.
During World War II, he was an artilleryman at Fort Sill, Okla., and was discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1943.
He was active for many years in the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
"He lived and died a union man," said his son, Robert E. Burck Jr. of Glen Burnie. "He enjoyed his work and always felt the B&O; treated him decently."
In 1951, he married to the former Margaret G. Bathgate, who died in 1984.
Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie. Interment will be in Glen Haven Memorial Park.
He is also survived by another son, Brian K. Burck of Pasadena; a brother, Chris Burck of Glen Burnie; and five grandchildren.
Hertha Ida Ferguson
A&P; accounts clerk
Hertha Ida Ferguson, who worked for a supermarket chain and earlier taught German in University of Maryland classes for American soldiers stationed in Germany, died Thursday of a circulatory disease at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.
The 74-year-old Glen Burnie resident retired from the local A&P; offices in 1980 after 15 years as an accounts payable clerk.
Several generals were among the students in her classes in spoken German in the early 1960s.
The former Hertha Ida Weyrich was a native of Frankfurt, Germany. She lived near Army posts in Germany and then in Kentucky before she settled in Glen Burnie 27 years ago. Her husband, Wallace R. Ferguson, who died in 1987, was stationed at Fort Meade when he retired as an Army master sergeant.
Services are set for 10 a.m. Monday at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie.
She is survived by a son, Jerry May of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Susanne Habel of Glen Burnie; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Donald T. Davies
Contracting firm owner
Donald T. Davies, retired owner of a contracting firm, died Sunday of cancer at his home on Carysbrook Road in Sudbrook Park.
Mr. Davies, who was 82 the day of his death, retired in 1987 as owner of Davies and Associates, which he started in the late 1960s after working for about five years for John H. Hampshire Inc., drywall and plastering contractors.
He came to Baltimore in 1955 as a salesman for the U.S. Gypsum Co.
A native of Edwardsville, in the hard-coal country of Pennsylvania, he was a graduate of what is now the University of Scranton. He served as president of a family-owned business, the Douglas Coal Co. in Moosic, Pa., before coming to Baltimore.
Services were private.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Catherine Baxter; sons Robert D. Davies of Baltimore, Donald B. Davies of Hunt Valley and Bruce L. Davies of Darlington; daughter Lynn D. Biviano of Warren, Ohio; a sister, Elinor Gerhard of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.