Acheson J. DuncanHelen F. DuncanDied a week...


Acheson J. Duncan

Helen F. Duncan

Died a week apart

Acheson J. Duncan, professor-emeritus of statistics at the Johns Hopkins University, died Jan. 7, and his wife of 35 years, Helen Foster Duncan, a retired secretary at the Roland Park Country School, died a week later.

Dr. Duncan, 90, and Mrs. Duncan, 91, lived at Roland Park Place. Both died of heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Duncan retired from Hopkins in 1971 after teaching there for 25 years. He also had taught at Princeton University, his alma mater. An authority on industrial statistics and quality control, he advised the Japanese government during the country's postwar economic recovery and was a consultant to many businesses and government agencies. He wrote a book on his specialty that has been printed in five English editions and two foreign languages.

Mrs. Duncan was secretary at the Roland Park Country School, which she had attended, for about 25 years before retiring in the early 1960s. She played piano, sang and was a member of the English Speaking Union, Huguenot Society of Pennsylvania, national Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Society of York, Pa., and Maryland Historical Society. Her first husband, Joseph W. Foster, died in 1941.

Services for Dr. and Mrs. Duncan were held Jan. 20 at St. David's Episcopal Church in Roland Park.

They are survived by Mrs. Duncan's daughter and son, Catharine F. Black of Baltimore and Joseph W. Foster of Seagirt, N.J.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Frederick G. Trautman, who operated streetcars and buses through the streets and neighborhoods of Baltimore for 42 years, died Tuesday of heart failure at the Citizens Nursing Home in Frederick. He was 81.

He was the son of a United Railways, and later Baltimore Transit Co., employee who drove "Big Bill," the truck that was used to repair overhead wires and tow disabled streetcars.

Falling under the spell of trolleys as a boy, Mr. Trautman realized his dream of being a motorman when he went to work in 1933 on the streetcars of the BTC.

"He used to talk about operating the cars on the No. 26 line to Bay Shore Park," said his wife of 20 years, the former Helen Boone. "He later operated trackless trolleys and finally retired as a bus driver in 1975," she said.

"He just loved driving, and after he retired from the Metropolitan Transit Authority, he drove the school van at Oldfields School [in Sparks] for several more years," said his son, Frederick G. Trautman Jr. of Columbia.

"He loved trains, too, especially steam engines, and when I was a kid we used to drive up to Aberdeen to watch the trains of the Pennsylvania Railroad come through. It was really a great place to watch them," said the son.

"Every year he'd build a Christmas garden with Lionel trains."

Mr. Trautman, a former Cockeysville resident who moved to Frederick several years ago, was born and reared on Chester Street in East Baltimore and attended St. Katharine's Parochial School.

During World War II, he served with the Navy in Brisbane, Australia, where he was a bus driver. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of painter second class.

His first wife, the former Regina Rainaldi, whom he married in 1938, died in 1970.

Services are private.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by a daughter, Patricia Wolfarth of Ellicott City; a brother, Joseph A. Trautman of Millville, Del.; five sisters, Lorraine Grapp of Millville, Del., and Cecilia Wilhelm, Catherine Soutar, Carolyn Hovel, Mary Meyers, all of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

Ulric Angelo Blick

Pro football player

Ulric Angelo Blick, who formerly played with the New Jersey Generals professional football team, died t, Tuesday after a seizure at Sinai Hospital. He was 31.

Mr. Blick, an assistant wrestling and football coach at Forest Park High School from 1985 to 1986, played guard for the now defunct United States Football League team in the late 1980s.

At the time of his death, he was studying computer repair at the Arundel Institute of Technology. He had attended Albany State University in Georgia.

Known as Eric, he was born and reared in Northwest Baltimore. He was a 1981 graduate of Forest Park High School, where he played football and wrestled. He also wrestled on several Junior Olympic teams.

He was a deacon and member for many years of the True Fellowship House of Prayer.

Services are planned for 7 p.m. today at Olivet Baptist Church, 3500 Edmondson Ave.

He is survived by his wife of four years, the former Donna Jones; two brothers, Nyne Britt and Russell Blick, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Alease Bell of Greenville, S.C., and Sheila Blick of Baltimore; his parents, Alvin and Doreathia Blick of Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews.

Joseph G. Hooper, a Baltimore native and longtime Pennsylvania resident, died of cancer Friday at his home in Ridley Park, Pa. He was 67.

Mr. Hooper retired in 1993 from Boeing Helicopter, where he had worked as a methods engineer for 31 years. A resident of Ridley Park for 15 years, he had lived in Lester, Pa., for about 20 years before that and was a member of the Church of Holy Communion in Philadelphia. He was educated in Baltimore schools.

Mr. Hooper's wife, the former Charlotte Hopwood, died in 1979.

Survivors include his friend, Robert H. Strouse of Downingtown, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 8:30 p.m. today at White-Luttrell Funeral Home, 311 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ridley Park. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in St. John's Cemetery in Ellicott City.

Memorial donations may be made to Taylor Hospital Hospice, Ridley Park, Pa. 19078.

Kenneth G. Rogers

Maintenance director

Kenneth Gary Rogers, a retired hospital maintenance director, died Thursday of cancer at his Westminster home. He was 44.

The Baltimore native was director of maintenance at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown until August, when he retired because of his illness. He had worked there for 13 years and at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson.

A 1969 graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, he was trained as an electrician. He was a member of the Chesapeake Area Society of Health Care Engineers.

Mr. Rogers enjoyed singing, flying with a friend who was a pilot and restoring model cars. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Westminster, the Westminster Moose Lodge and 4 Seasons Sports Complex.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, the former Elaine Polley; a daughter, Laurie, and a son, Brian, both at home; four sisters, Carole Davis of Glen Burnie, Marcia Rogers of Essex, Sharon Coffman of Joppa and Brenda Hurst of Dundalk; and two brothers, Jack and Darrell Rogers, both of Dundalk.

A prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. tonight at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel in Westminster.

Memorial donations may be made to Northwest Hospital Center, 5401 Old Court Road, Randallstown, 21133.

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