Joseph George Fisher, 86, coach in Baltimore...


Joseph George Fisher, 86, coach in Baltimore schools

Joseph George Fisher, who coached several championship teams and taught in Baltimore public schools for 41 years, died Oct. 2 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of injuries he received that morning in a traffic accident in Parkville. He was 86 and lived in Gardenville.

He was inducted into Patterson High School's Soccer Hall of Fame in 1993, said his son, Dr. J. Gunnar Fisher of Baltimore.

Mr. Fisher began his long career at Patterson High School, teaching physical education and coaching soccer, wrestling and baseball from 1934 to 1941. He led the school to its first Maryland Scholastic Association soccer championship in 1941, and his teams won baseball championships in 1940 and 1941.

He served in the Navy during World War II as a pharmacist's mate, training medics at several naval bases.

After the war, he taught and coached at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute until 1963. His teams at Poly won MSA titles in wrestling and golf and four MSA soccer championships.

He retired from Hamilton Junior High School in 1975.

The Baltimore native graduated from City College and the University of Maryland. He was married for 52 years to the former Pauline DiPete, who died in 1991.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Oct. 5.

Other survivors include a brother, Melvin Fisher of Baltimore; a companion, Lollie Kreft; and a granddaughter.

James 'Jamie' Hurd III, 29, auto repair manager

A memorial service for James "Jamie" Hurd III, manager of a family auto repair business who died in the July 17 explosion of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, N.Y., will be at 3 p.m. today at St. Bernadette Roman Catholic Church, 801 Stevenson Road in Severn.

The body of Mr. Hurd, 29, manager and vice president of Hurd's Auto and Truck Service, was not found. His mother, Sharon Hurd of Severn, said the family was notified recently that authorities did not expect to recover any more remains.

Born and raised in Glen Burnie, Mr. Hurd was a graduate of Old Mill High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business from Towson State University. He lived in Baltimore's Canton neighborhood.

He is also survived by his father, James Hurd Jr. of Severn; a brother, Larry Golden of Millersville; two sisters, Stephanie Maranto of Pasadena and Cynde Hurd of Severn; his paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Hurd of Glen Burnie; his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Little of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.

Frederick A. Rutledge Jr., who worked at a plastics manufacturing company, died Oct. 12 of undetermined causes at his Southwest Baltimore home. He was 37.

Born in Massachusetts, Mr. Rutledge moved to Baltimore with his family in 1971 and graduated from Baltimore Experimental High School in 1977. He attended Morgan State University and the University of Maryland College Park.

He worked at various jobs until he began work last year as assistant facility manager at Apogee Designs Ltd., a Southeast Baltimore plant that makes plastic products.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the parish house of First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, at Charles and Franklin streets.

He is survived by his parents, Frederick A. Rutledge Sr. and Ann Hereford Rutledge of Baltimore; and three sisters, Cynthia Lee Rutledge of Towson, and Anita Lynn Rutledge and Nina Elizabeth Rutledge, both of Baltimore.

Howard E. Tolerton, 65, retired salesman, golfer

Howard E. Tolerton, a retired salesman and avid golfer, died Friday of complications from surgery at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Phoenix resident was 65.

A native of Alliance, Ohio, Mr. Tolerton was a graduate of Mount Union College and taught history and English at the middle-school level before moving to the Baltimore area 22 years ago. He was self-employed, working in educational sales and job recruiting.

He is survived by his wife, Marianne Schafer, two sons, Ty Daniel Tolerton of Hagerstown and Jon H. Tolerton of Baltimore; two daughters, Susan Tolerton Cremen and Lisa Marie Rider, both of Baltimore; a sister, Joyce Tolerton of Austin, Texas; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Tony Lee Davis, 17, high school senior

Services for Tony Lee Davis, 17, a Patterson High School senior who was found slain Monday in Clifton Park, will be at 11: 30 a.m. tomorrow at March Funeral Home, 1101 E. North Ave.

He is survived by his parents, Robert Davis Sr. and Evelina Midgett; a brother, Robert Davis Jr.; and two sisters, Patricia Davis and Latoya Davis. All are of Baltimore.

Alice Hoffman, 86, a longtime volunteer at the state's Rosewood Hospital Center, died of heart failure Oct. 13 at her sister's home in Edgewater.

She was born Alice Elliott in Baltimore, graduated from Eastern High School and received her undergraduate degree and a law degree from the University of Baltimore.

She did not practice law, but was a legal secretary at a downtown law firm in the late 1940s and early 1950s. She was a volunteer at the state hospital from 1953 until her death. Her husband, Andrew N. Hoffman, died in 1987.

Survivors include a brother, John H. Elliott of Sandston, Va.; and a sister, Marianne E. Hartlove of Edgewater.

Services were held Friday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Glyndon.

Conrad Swearer, 80, a retired steel company supervisor and Maryland Occupation Safety and Health inspector, died of cancer Oct. 12 at Stella Maris Hospice.

He was a supervisor at Rustless Iron & Steel Co. -- now Armco Steel -- in East Baltimore, where he worked for 33 years until retiring in the early 1970s. From 1978 to 1981, he was a safety inspector for MOSH.

A native and longtime resident of Woodlawn, he was a 1933 graduate of Catonsville High School and attended the University of Maryland. During World War II, he was a machinist aboard a submarine.

Since 1989, he lived at Ocean Pines in Worcester County. He enjoyed touring the country in his recreational vehicle and fishing with his wife of eight years, the former Ruth Henritz.

He also is survived by two sons, Dale Swearer of Ellicott City and Bruce Swearer of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a brother, Herbert Swearer of Arbutus; a sister, Dorothy Kemp of Ocean Pines; two stepsons, Rodger Henritz of Woodlawn and Howdy Henritz Jr. of Greenville, W. Va.; and two grandsons.

Services were held Wednesday.

Ruth E. Hobbs, 94, whose career as a secretary with the state Department of Education spanned 45 years, died Sept. 25 of heart disease at her Catonsville residence.

Miss Hobbs retired in 1965, a year after her supervisor, Thomas G. Pullen Jr., a longtime state school superintendent. She was a member of the committee that oversaw the state's general equivalency diploma program.

Born in 1902 and raised in West Baltimore, she was a graduate of city schools and participated in the 1914 Human Flag pageant at Fort McHenry. She was a 1920 graduate of Western High School.

A pianist, she was a member of the Catonsville Concert Association and the Catonsville Historical Society. She played the organ at Catonsville United Methodist Church, where she was a member for 61 years, taught Sunday school and was secretary to the administrative board.

Services were held Oct. 1.

She is survived by a nephew, Douglass T. Hobbs of Catonsville; a niece, Ruth Hobbs Kaufman of Columbus, Ohio; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

The Rev. Joseph Newton Farlow,78, a retired Presbyterian minister and missionary, died Monday of pneumonia at Keswick home. He had been a resident of Mount Washington for a decade.

The Greensboro, N.C., native earned a civil engineering degree from Guilford College and a master's degree from North Carolina State University, where he taught engineering after service in the Army during World War II.

In the late 1940s, he established an engineering firm in Raleigh, N.C., but changed careers in 1955 -- earning a divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister and sent to Taiwan, where he was pastor of Friendship Presbyterian Church in Taipei.

Services were held Thursday at Valley Presbyterian Church in Lutherville.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Mary Elizabeth Blake; a son, David B. Farlow of Baltimore; two daughters, Rebecca E. Kight of Middle River and Sarah F. Hicks of Gibsonville, N.C.; a brother, the Rev. David L. Farlow of Greensboro; a sister, Mary F. Hensley of Johnson City, Tenn.; and two granddaughters.

Pub Date: 10/20/96

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