Sherwood BaldersonElkridge bankerSherwood H. Balderson, retired chairman...


Sherwood Balderson

Elkridge banker

Sherwood H. Balderson, retired chairman of Davis and Hemphill Inc. and a former banker and community leader in Elkridge, died of respiratory failure July 14 at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. He was 80.

Mr. Balderson had lived in Tucson, Ariz., for 10 years before moving to Charlestown nearly seven years ago.

He retired in 1977 as chairman of Davis and Hemphill, an Elkridge screw machine products company, where he began working in 1940 as a summer employee. He was made a partner in 1944 and became president in 1964.

He had been president of the National Screw Machine Products Association and served on the board of the United States Industrial Council.

He was a founder and former chairman of the board of the Elkridge National Bank, a charter member and former president of the Elkridge Rotary Club, and a member of the Red Cross.

Active in Republican politics, he lost a 1954 race to represent Howard County in the House of Delegates. He served on the Howard County school board, the Library Board and several groups dealing with real estate.

He was born in Havelock, Va., and grew up in the Snow Hill area on the Eastern Shore, the son of a minister. In 1934, he won a scholarship to Western Maryland College.

Graveside services were held Thursday in Elkridge.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jane Kelley Kuntz; a son, John W. Balderson of Key West, Fla.; two stepsons, Eric M. Kuntz of Fargo, N.D., and Thomas C. Kuntz of El Segundo, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Christine K. Osborne of Baldwin; a sister, Dorothy B. Chandler of Severna Park; a grandson; and four step-grandchildren.

Dennis F. Smyth Jr.

Forensic pathologist

Dr. Dennis F. Smyth Jr., a forensic pathologist, died July 20 of complications from AIDS at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 56.

Dr. Smyth was a deputy medical examiner in New York City for about five years before he became unable to work because of his illness.

Previously, he had been an associate medical examiner in Baltimore.In that position, he performed the autopsy on Len Bias, the University of Maryland basketball star who died of a drug overdose in 1986, said his father, Dennis F. Smyth Sr. of Towson.

Dr. Smyth also had been an assistant chief medical examiner in Little Rock, Ark., and was a member of the American College of Forensic Pathology.

The Baltimore native graduated from the University of Maryland Medical School in 1970. He graduated from Loyola High School in 1957 and from Loyola College in 1961.

His hobbies included music and art. "He's a talented boy," his father said. "It is a tragic waste."

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 11:30 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson.

The family requests memorial contributions to the Stephen Kaufman AIDS Research Fund, in care of Associated Jewish Charities, 101 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore 21201.

In addition to his father, Dr. Smyth is survived by his stepmother, Beulah M. Smyth of Towson; two sisters, Bernice G. Smyth of Sparks and Geraldine L. Abbott of Lutherville; and a niece, Christine A. Abbott of Lutherville.

Dr. Smyth's mother, the former Gertrude B. McIntyre, died in 1972. Caroline V. Leatherwood, a homemaker who was instrumental in the effort to bring the Constellation to Baltimore, died Thursday at Northwest Hospital Center of complications from an earlier surgery. The Woodlawn resident was 84.

It was during Mrs. Leatherwood's term as president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F.W., Constellation Ship, No. 10,000, in the 1950s that the group began exploring ways to bring the Constellation to Baltimore to be restored and berthed at the Inner Harbor, her family said.

She was born Caroline Geisbert in Frederick. Her husband of 60 years, Clarence E. Leatherwood Sr., died in 1993.

Services were to be held at 2 p.m. today at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road in Winfield.

Survivors include two sons, Clarence E. Leatherwood Jr. of North Shore and Albert L. Leatherwood of Sykesville; four daughters, Mary Catherine Scher of Owings Mills, Susan Jones of Randallstown, Ann Marie DeManss of West Milford, N.J., and Bebe Schenkelberg of Marriottsville; two sisters, Mabel Barnett of Littlestown, Pa., and Helen Ashton of Baltimore; 12 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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