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Donald J. RaschSecurity specialistDonald Joseph Rasch, a...


Donald J. Rasch

Security specialist

Donald Joseph Rasch, a retired industrial security specialist, Air Force special agent and composer, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Anne Arundel Medical Center, 12 years after he had developed Alzheimer's disease. He was 59.

He retired in 1985 after working in industrial security at the General Motors parts warehouse in Baltimore for 20 years.

In the 1950s, he spent 12 years as a special agent in the office of special investigations for the U.S. Air Force. He worked at various locations, including Andrews Air Force Base.

Mr. Rasch liked to compose popular music. He played the piano, guitar, saxophone and clarinet. One song he published, "A Miracle Christmas," will be played at his funeral service tomorrow.

Mr. Rasch, a native of Herkimer, N.Y., had lived in Glen Burnie for the past 27 years, after moving there from Camp Hill, Pa. He was a member of Glen Burnie Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Phyllis Rasch; two sons, D. Andrew Rasch of Glen Burnie and James R. Rasch of Owings Mills; a brother, Robert Rasch of Herkimer; a sister, Norma Edwards of Bethlehem, Pa.; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Glen Burnie Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Central Maryland Chapter, 540 E. Belvedere Ave., Suite 202, Baltimore 21212.

Robert Cummins Sr.

Insurance adjuster

Robert Towles Cummins Sr., a former insurance adjuster and retired security guard at St. Joseph's Hospital, died Thursday of cancer at his home in Rodgers Forge.

ZTC Mr. Cummins, who was 67, worked for several insurance companies, including Johns Eastern Co. Inc. and Gay & Taylor Inc., both in Towson, and Cummins-Bertier Inc. in Columbia.

At Gay & Taylor, he was a member of the Top 25 Club, a group of top producers. He left the insurance business in 1981 and went to work for St. Joseph in Towson as a security guard. He retired in 1991.

In 1944, he entered the Army Air Corps, serving in the Air Sea Rescue Squadron at Borinquen Field in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, where he instructed pilots and navigators in radio communications. Mr. Cummins was discharged in 1946 with the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Cumins received his early education in Baltimore public schools. He graduated from McDonogh School in 1944 and received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Johns Hopkins University in 1951.

In 1949, he and Carol Stitley were married.

He took an evening class in construction estimating at Baltimore City College in 1952 and later earned an associate-in-claims degree from the Insurance Institute of America.

He was president of the Baltimore Insurance Adjusters Association; Blue Goose International, Chesapeake Pond; and the Mariners Club of the Bay. He edited an insurance industry newsletter called Bay Soundings for several years.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Road.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Patricia Chrismer of Anneslie; a son, Robert Towles Cummins Jr. of Rodgers Forge; a sister, Lydia Cummins Cadden of Baltimore; and four grandsons.

Donations may be made to the St. Joseph's Hospice Program at St. Joseph's Hospital in Towson.

Thomas G. Butler, a mechanical engineer who headed the development of a computer program for the design analysis of vibrating structures, died Nov. 19 of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 73 and lived in Towson.

He started and directed the development of the NASA Structural Analysis Program while working at the Goddard Space Flight Center from 1963 until 1973.

In 1973, he started Butler Analyses, an engineering firm that did structural analyses for the design of satellites and the space shuttle under contract to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and also of buildings, airplanes, automobiles and other structures.

He won several awards, including the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal.

Born in Waukegan, Ill., and reared there and in Lake Worth, Fla., he earned an engineering degree at the University of Illinois. He was a Navy officer during World War II.

He was an engineer in the Midwest before coming to Baltimore in 1956 to work for what is now Martin Marietta Corp. He did graduate work in mechanical engineering at Johns Hopkins University after coming here.

He played string bass in the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and the Gettysburg Symphony Orchestra.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Margaret Hatch; two sons, Brian F. Butler of Seattle, Wash., and Douglas L. Butler of Annapolis; a daughter, Danna B. Truslow of Portsmouth, N.H.; a brother, James Butler of Indianapolis; a sister, Margaret Brandt of San Rafael, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

Services were private.

Havard Woods

Perkins security chief

Havard Woods, retired chief of security at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, died Wednesday of complications from a stroke at Mercy Medical Center. He was 69.

Mr. Woods retired in 1987 as chief of security at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, where he had worked since the early 1960s.

Before that he was a nurse at Crownsville State Hospital, where he had worked since 1952.

Reared and educated in Chester, S.C., and Washington, D.C., he had lived in Jessup for the past 20 years.

Mr. Woods was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at Community Baptist Church, 7344 Cedar Ave. in Jessup.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Bertha Hynson; his mother, Katie Hampton of Washington, D.C.; a son, Ronnie Woods of Hyattsville; a brother, Willie J. Woods of Washington, D.C.; and a nephew, Keith Dorsey of Wake Forest, N.C.

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