Joshua SwainStudent, athleteJoshua Swain, a student and...


Joshua Swain

Student, athlete

Joshua Swain, a student and soccer and lacrosse player, died Sunday of brain cancer at his home in Sparks. He was 21.

Mr. Swain had planned a career as a recreational instructor and attended Essex Community College until being diagnosed with cancer last year.

The son of Lynne Milan Perry and the late Walter F. Swain Jr., he was a 1992 graduate of Hereford High School, where he was captain of the Bulls soccer and lacrosse teams. His best friend, Jeff Engelmeyer, described him as "a colorful, aggressive and loud player."

Mark Trotta, his high school coach, said that "throughout his final ordeal, he displayed his tremendous zest for life to everyone around him.

"He was an extremely genuine person who was an outstanding young man," Mr. Trotta said.

"It was a trait of his -- to never give up -- and in the end he taught us a great deal about courage," Mrs. Perry said.

In November, the Hereford High School Sports Boosters raised $11,000 at a benefit dance to enable Mr. Swain and his family to spend a week in Colorado, where he had always wanted to visit, in May.

"I've known him for eight years, and you couldn't find a finer young man. He saw good in everyone and never lost his sense of humor even though he was so ill," said Linda Price, a member of the fund-raising committee.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, 10 W. Padonia Road, Cockeysville.

Other survivors include two sisters, Erin Lutz of Owings Mills and Amanda Swain of Sparks; his stepfather, Albert H. Perry; a stepbrother, Brian Perry of Baltimore; a stepsister, Dana Perry of Baltimore; his paternal grandmother, Ann Swain of Baltimore; his maternal grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Albert Milan of Baltimore; and two nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the Joshua Swain Scholarship Fund, c/o Hereford High School, Attention: Jean Turnbaugh, 17301 York Road, Parkston 21120. Douglas R. Fulton Sr., a retired police officer who had been a frequent witness at proceedings growing out of Baltimore City Police Department scandals in the 1950s, died Saturday of heart failure at a hospital for veterans in Tampa, Fla. He was 80.

Mr. Fulton moved to Lakeland, Fla., after he retired in 1972 as a detective in the fugitive squad, ending a 24-year career. He spent his early years in the Intelligence Unit, or Rackets Squad, where he became the evening shift supervisor of the wiretap room.

Among the trials and hearings at which he was called to testify was a 1959 investigation of the administration of Police Commissioner James M. Hepbron by the city delegation to the House of Delegates. Mr. Fulton told of a visit by Mr. Hepbron and three guests to the secret room during which the commissioner asked if there was anything "hot" coming in.

Later that year and after his own hearing, former Gov. J. Millard Tawes dismissed charges against the commissioner but said the evidence indicated indiscretion and use of poor judgment, and that his ability to serve might have been impaired. Mr. Hepbron left office in September 1961.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Fulton served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was a member of the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers.

Services were to be held today in Lakeland. He is survived by his wife, the former Elsie Carter; a daughter, Gail Moore of Lakeland; a son, Douglas Ramsay Fulton Jr. of Fort Myers, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

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