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Robert V. McCurdy

Real estate appraiser

Robert V. McCurdy, a retired real estate appraiser, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 80 and lived in Towson.

He retired in 1990 after operating his appraisal business for many years. He started working in real estate in 1947, and became a full-time appraiser in the mid-1950s.

He held several professional certifications from organizations that include the Appraisal Institute and the American Society of Real Estate Counselors. He had been listed in "Who's Who in the East" and "Who's Who in Finance and Industry."

Mr. McCurdy had been president of the Maryland Real Estate Association and the Real Estate Board of Greater Baltimore. In 1963, he was named Realtor of the Year in Maryland.

He was a former master of the Ben Franklin Lodge of the Masons, and was a member of the Scottish Rite, Boumi Temple, the Society of Colonial Wars and the Sons of the Revolution.

He was a supporter of the University of Baltimore, a member of the Johns Hopkins Associates, the Johns Hopkins Club and the Williamsburg Associates.

He was a member of Kent Island United Methodist Church and the Christian Temple in Catonsville, 5820 Edmondson Ave., where services were to be held at 9:30 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Doris Virginia Ennis; a daughter, Susan McCurdy Yonkers of Lutherville; a sister, Margaret Schultz of Catonsville; and two grandchildren. Mary S. Marse, who taught music in Baltimore County public elementary schools, died Wednesday at Fallston General Hospital after a heart attack. She was 78 and lived in Kingsville.

Mrs. Marse last taught in county schools from 1968 to 1974. During her first period of teaching in the county, from 1948 until 1951, she was one of two traveling music teachers and had to push the piano from classroom to classroom.

For a time in the late 1950s, she taught at the Calvary Lutheran Church School.

The former Mary Sheppard was a native of Baltimore and a 1934 graduate of Forest Park High School. She earned degrees from Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1939 and from the Johns Hopkins University in 1944.

She was an organist and Sunday school teacher at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah and other churches. She was a member of the Towson Christian Women's Club.

Services for Mrs. Marse were planned for 9 a.m. today at the Church of the Messiah, 5801 Harford Road.

Her husband, Harry C. Marse, died in 1985. She is survived by two sons, Harry Christopher Marse Jr. of Winchester, Va., and William Walter Marse of Kingsville.

Walter H. Martin Sr.


Walter H. Martin Sr., a retired machinist, died Wednesday at St. Agnes Hospital after a stroke. He was 76 and lived in Catonsville.

Mr. Martin, known since childhood as Buzz, retired in 1980 after working at Calvert Distillery for 35 years. He was a member of the Distillery Workers Retirees Club.

The Baltimore native was a 1937 graduate of Forest Park High School, and studied at the old Maryland Institute on Market Place. He was an apprentice machinist at Crown Cork & Seal Co.

During World War II, he worked for Koppers Co., and served in the Navy as a motor machinist's mate on PT Boats in the Philippines.

Services were to be held at 9 a.m. today at Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Arma Eidman; two daughters, Melva Ferguson of Ellicott City and Gail Raines of Hampstead; a brother, John H. Martin of Selbyville, Del.; four grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

Francis H. Barnard

Lutherville dentist

Dr. Francis H. Barnard, who had a dental practice in Lutherville for about 30 years, died Tuesday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center after a heart attack. He was 70 and lived in Towson.

Dr. Barnard retired about 10 years ago.

He was a native of Fairfield, Conn., a graduate of Boston University and a navigator in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

He came here to attend the University of Maryland dental school and was a member of the Baltimore County and state dental societies, and the American Dental Association.

He was a member at various times of the Hunt Valley Country Club, the Country Club of Maryland, and the Hillendale Country Club.

A memorial service for Dr. Barnard was planned for 4 p.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Selma Leninger; a son, Francis H. Barnard II of Santa Fe, N.M.; four daughters, Tamara B. Bissett of Reisterstown, Kristyn B. Wagner of Towson, Laura L. Worzask of Timonium and Patricia B. Maynard of New Freedom, Pa.; and a grandson.

92, a retired clothing factory worker, died Wednesday of cancer at her home of the past nine years in Perry Hall.

Services for the former Ella Conklin, a native of Unionville, N.Y., were to be held at 11 a.m. today at F. John Ramsey Funeral Home in Franklin, N.J.

Her husband, Frank Walsh, died about 50 years ago. She is survived by two sons, Frank Walsh of Tulsa, Okla., and Milo Walsh of Milford, Pa.; a sister, Eileen VanPoppel of Perry Hall; 18 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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