Frank H. GordonMental health officialFrank Henry Gordon,...


Frank H. Gordon

Mental health official

Frank Henry Gordon, retired chief of mental health at the Baltimore Psychiatric Day Treatment Program and a Baltimore Department of Social Services worker for more than 30 years, died Saturday of cancer at Mercy Medical Center. He was 68.

Mr. Gordon was chief of the treatment program for nine years until his retirement in 1991 and was executive director from 1978 to 1982.

Before joining the treatment program, he worked at the Baltimore Department of Social Services for 32 years as a systems analyst and designed computer programs for Medicaid, Head Start and food stamps for the Baltimore Department of Social Services.

Born and reared in East Baltimore, Mr. Gordon started working at 19 as a computer programmer for what is now the Social Security Administration.

He also taught computer technology at Baltimore Community College.

Mr. Gordon was a member of the Baltimore Foster Care Review Board, the board of the brotherhood at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the board of Maryland Trust for Retarded Citizens.

In his spare time, Mr. Gordon acted and sang in community theater, including Spotlighter's Theatre in Baltimore. He also painted and created calligraphy for organizations and friends.

Mr. Gordon was active in the campaigns of elected officials such as former Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, State Sen. Paula C. Hollinger and Del. ** James W. Campbell.

He and his wife of 29 years, the former Iris Ann Klaw, shared interests in travel, politics, community service, theater and dancing.

Mr. Gordon earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore in 1953 and a master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland in 1974.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Gordon is survived by two stepdaughters, Dr. Andrea L. Karfgin of Greenspring Valley and Stacy A. Sandler of Reisterstown; a sister, Edythe Weber Kishter of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Services were to be held at 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

The family has suggested memorial contributions to Mercy Medical Center Oncology Center, 301 St. Paul Place, Baltimore 21202.

Blanche E. Burdis, who became Ford Motor Co.'s first woman dealer in 1956, died of cancer Thursday at her home in Columbia. She was 68.

Mrs. Burdis, whose career spanned more than 40 years, retired in 1992 as controller and partner at an Oldsmobile dealership in Glen Burnie.

Earlier she was a controller at a Dodge dealership in Baltimore.

Mrs. Burdis also was a real estate broker and worked for Russell T. Baker real estate agency for several years after moving to Columbia from Pittsburgh in 1971.

Born Blanche E. Wilson in New Florence, Pa., she was a 1948 graduate of Robert Morris Business College and attended the University of Pittsburgh.

She began her career as an accountant in 1949 at the Auto Car Truck Co. in Pittsburgh.

Three years later she become a controller for a Pontiac dealership in Pittsburgh, where she later became a partner.

As a dealer for Ford Motor Co. in Pittsburgh, she oversaw Mercury and Edsel franchises in the 1950s and 1960s.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh and a royal patron of the Order of Amaranth in Pittsburgh.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at Christ Memorial

Presbyterian Church in Columbia, where she was a longtime member.

Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Joseph Burdis Jr.; three daughters, Roberta Norris of Hampstead, Kimberly Hogue of Elkridge and Tracy Barnett of Columbia; five sons, John Burdis of Hanover, James Burdis of Severna Park, and Raymond Burdis, Richard Burdis and Ronald Burdis, all of Pittsburgh; a sister, Alice Medsger of Westmont, Pa.; four brothers, Francis Wilson, Herbert Wilson and Robert Wilson, all of Ebensberg, Pa., and William Wilson of Beaver, Pa.; and nine grandchildren.

Margaret Bockius

Owned Upperco farm

Margaret C. S. Bockius, formerly of Upperco, died Wednesday at the Lankenau Hospital in Lower Merion Township, Pa., of cardiac arrest. The New Oxford, Pa., resident was 87.

Born in Philadelphia, the former Margaret Cortright Stout was reared in Berwyn, Chester County, Pa. She came to the Baltimore area when she and her husband, the late Capt. Robert Wurts Bockius, bought the Rippling Run Farm in Upperco in 1958.

Captain Bockius, the commander of an aircraft carrier in the Pacific during World War II, died in 1984. Four years ago, Mrs. Bockius sold the farm and moved to a retirement community in New Oxford.

An avid sportswoman, Mrs. Bockius enjoyed fox hunting, golf, tennis, skeet shooting, and water and winter activities.

Mrs. Bockius had belonged to St. John's Episcopal Church in Glyndon for 40 years, then became a member of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Oxford, Pa. She was a member of the Order of St. Luke, Companions of the Holy Cross, the Order of St. Margaret, Camp Farthest Out, West Virginia and United Christian Ashram, Keuka Lake, N.Y.

Mrs. Bockius was also a member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, the Gibson Island Club and had served as a board member for the Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines.

A funeral was planned for 1 p.m. today at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, Glyndon.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 22 at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 312 W. Lancaster Ave., New Oxford, Pa.

Mrs. Bockius is survived by two daughters, Anna B. Sasso of Chesapeake City and Margaret B. Devereux of West Grove, Pa.; and nine grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Robert Wurts Bockius Jr.

Relatives request donations to the Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, Ridge Road, RD 2, Pottstown, Pa. 19465 or St. John's Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, Glyndon 21071.


Mary Hackerman

Active in B'nai B'rith

Mary Hackerman, a Baltimore resident who helped launch the Nathan Hackerman Lodge of B'nai B'rith, died Saturday at her Park Heights Avenue home. She was 101.

She was born Mary Herman in Northeast Baltimore, the fifth of 11 children.

After graduating in 1911 from Calvert Business College, she worked for Hanline Brothers Paint Co., based in Baltimore.

In 1917, she married Nathan Hackerman. He was a plant manager in Hanover, Pa., for L. Grief and Brothers, a clothing manufacturer.

After Mr. Hackerman's death in 1964, Mrs. Hackerman obtained a real estate sales license and helped start the B'nai B'rith lodge bearing her husband's name.

The lodge now has 100 members and is active in numerous civic-improvement projects, including developing housing for the elderly.

Mrs. Hackerman's greatest interest was spending time with her family, said her son, Willard Hackerman of Baltimore.

"She really liked spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren," he said. "She was a wonderful woman who showered everyone with love."

A service was to be held at 2 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Hackerman is survived by two sisters, Janet Herman and Freda Baltimore, both of Baltimore; three grandchildren, Nancy Hackerman, Esther Hackerman and Steven Hackerman, all of Baltimore; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Gussie M. Cheatham


Gussie M. Cheatham, a devoted family woman and member $$ of Gillis Memorial Community Church, died Thursday at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown of an aneurysm. The Pikesville woman was 77.

"She enjoyed life, had a great sense of humor and was very active with her family," said her granddaughter, Cheryl Lightner. "She was basically a devoted mother and grandmother."

Before suffering a stroke several years ago, the former Gussie Marie Gray had worked for many years as a domestic. Her husband, Arthur H. Cheatham, died in 1960.

Memorial services were to be held at noon today at the Loring Byers Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

Mrs. Cheatham is survived by a daughter, Alice F. Cunningham; a son, James H. Cheatham; four sisters, Delores Mack, Dorothy Gray, Helen Gray and Virginia Bryant; and six grandchildren. All are of Baltimore. She also is survived by two brothers, Thomas Gray and Frederick Gray, both of Prince George's County.

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