Thomas E. MorrisMathematics teacherThomas Edgar Morris, a...


Thomas E. Morris

Mathematics teacher

Thomas Edgar Morris, a retired mathematics teacher in Baltimore public schools, died Friday after an apparent heart attack at his home in Harrisonburg, Va. He was 54.

He retired in 1989 from Polytechnic Institute and had also taught at City College during nearly 25 years in the Baltimore school system.

Born in Ditchley, Va., but reared in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Douglass High School and, in 1958, of Washington College. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines and did graduate work at Morgan State University.

In 1966, he married Mellasenah Young. They moved to Harrisonburg in 1992 when she was named head of the music department at James Madison University. She survives him.

He was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, and Douglas Memorial Community Church, Lafayette and Madison avenues, where services were set for noon today.

Other survivors include a daughter, Mellasenah I. Edwards of Mount Airy; two sons, Thomas Jared Morris of Silver Spring and Miles Brandon Morris of Harrisonburg; his parents, Thomas and Annie Morris, both of Baltimore; a sister, Louise Tucker of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

S. Sheldon Morrill

Production manager

S. Sheldon Morrill, a retired production manager for computer software manufacturers and a former professional salvage diver, died Sunday of cancer at his Lutherville home. He was 68.

Mr. Morrill returned to this area about three years ago after living in New Hampshire for about 15 years, where he was production manager for RealWord Corp. and MCBA Co. Earlier, he had been a salvage diver.

Born in New York City, he was raised in Stamford, Conn., and in Forest Hill, Harford County. He attended the Gilman School, the Fishburne Military School in Virginia and graduated from the McDonogh School.

After serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II, he attended the Sorbonne and the University of Madrid. As a young man, he raced sports cars and obtained a private pilot's license.

Services for Mr. Morrill were set for 1 p.m. today at Evans Funeral Chapel, 2325 York Road, Timonium.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ethel Spencer; two daughters, Jenny and Laura Morrill, both of Lutherville; a brother, Whitney French Morrill of White Hall; and a sister, Joyce Morrill Stump of Cockeysville.

William H. Smith Jr.

Retired postal clerk

William H. Smith Jr., a retired postal clerk, died Monday of heart failure at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 74 and lived in Parkville.

Mr. Smith retired about two years ago after 13 years as a clerk in the main post office in Baltimore.

Beginning about 1940, he worked as a quality control inspector for Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River. He left when the company was Martin Marietta Corp. to join the Postal Service.

A native of Cumberland and a 1939 graduate of Fort Hill High School there, he learned to fly in Glendale, Calif., and obtained a private pilot's license. He served in the Army in Italy during World War II, reaching the rank of master sergeant.

His wife, the former Ruth Ellen Rice, died in 1988. He is survived by a son, Todd William Smith of Parkville.

Friends will be received from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road. Burial will be private. A memorial service for Jeffry Burbridge, a teacher at Catonsville Community College, was set for 6 p.m. today at St. John's United Church of Christ, 1000 S. Rolling Road in Catonsville.

Mr. Burbridge, 44, of College Park was killed Friday when the airplane he was flying crashed in Eldersburg.

He had taught aviation courses at Catonsville for about seven years and had earlier worked as an air traffic controller in New Jersey and in the Washington area.

A native of Quincy, Ill., who was raised in Sacramento, Calif., he graduated from the University of Washington. He was a pilot in the Air Force from 1973 to 1978, flying B-52 bombers and C-130 transport planes. He retired from the Maryland Air National Guard in 1993.

He is survived by his parents, Gail and Jack Jones of Sacramento, and Ralph Burbridge of Seattle; two brothers, Michael and Bradley Burbridge, and a sister, Gaylynn Addison, all of Sacramento.

Robert A. Hill Jr.

Electronics engineer

Robert A. Hill Jr., a retired electronics engineer, died Monday of cancer at the Gambrills home of friends. He was 67 and lived in Linthicum Heights.

Mr. Hill retired in 1987 from Westinghouse Electric Corp. plant at Baltimore-Washington International Airport after 34 years with the firm.

Born in Petersburg, Va., he served in the Air Force in the late 1940s and was a 1953 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

A specialist in communications, he was an amateur radio operator who broadcast with the call letters NK3W and was a member of the American Radio Relay League and the Laurel Amateur Radio Club.

He was a licensed private pilot and flew power planes and gliders.

Mr. Hill also was interested in gardening, especially propagation of poinsettias, and in astronomy.

A Civil War buff who was active in battle re-enactments, he was a trap shooter and a member of the National Rifle Association. He regularly took college courses at Anne Arundel and Catonsville community colleges and at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Graveside services for Mr. Hill were set for 2 p.m. today at the Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg.

He is survived by friends, Dorothy and Arline Duvall of Gambrills.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church in Petersburg, or to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Crownsville.

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