Millard B. Horton, 88, chief inspector of...


Millard B. Horton, 88, chief inspector of police

Millard Barclay Horton, who rose from patrolman to second in command during a 35-year career with the Baltimore Police Department, died of pneumonia Tuesday at a Florida nursing home. He was 88 and lived in St. Petersburg, Fla.

At his retirement in 1966, Mr. Horton was chief inspector -- the last person in the department to hold the rank that was second only to the commissioner. He also was acting commissioner for several months in 1965 when the commissioner was ill.

"He always believed that policemen should be liked, respected [rather than] feared," said his daughter, Betty Basile of St. Petersburg.

Mr. Horton was a pacesetter in the development of police community programs that eventually became citywide policies, according to news accounts at the time he retired.

"You get satisfaction out of doing the best you can and helping people, the public and the men that work for you," Mr. Horton was quoted as saying.

He was a captain for nine years in the Northwestern District, where he started a boys' club and supervised activities for neighborhood children in the gymnasium. Mr. Horton also sponsored an annual Christmas party for children, distributing food and small gifts for the 50 or so youngsters who attended, said his wife of 61 years, the former Lucille Haslbeck.

Mr. Horton grew up in Northeast Baltimore, the son of a farmer and a homemaker. He did not finish high school, leaving his studies to help his father deliver milk, eggs and cream, Mrs. Horton said.

But after he retired, he decided to complete his education and earned a high school equivalency certificate, she said.

"He always regretted he had to leave school," said his daughter, noting that getting the General Educational Development degree "was another challenge."

After two years in retirement, Mr. Horton became chief security officer for the city's Supreme Bench -- now the Circuit Court. He retired from that job in 1970, and moved to Florida 15 years ago.

He was a longtime member of Union Masonic Lodge 60 in Baltimore. He also enjoyed tending a rose garden at his former home in Northeast Baltimore. Mrs. Basile said that whenever her father wore a suit, he pinned a rose in the lapel -- fresh in the growing season and plastic in the winter.

Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Parkwood Cemetery, 3310 Taylor Ave. in Northeast Baltimore.

Surviving, in addition to his wife and daughter, are a son, Millard Horton Jr. of Crofton; a sister, Rachel Ann Miller of Bel Air; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Dr. Lynn Marie Freeze, a Hagerstown family practitioner, was fatally injured in a car accident Christmas Day while on the way to visit her family in Carroll County. She was 33.

An avid skier who also backpacked around Europe while attending medical school, Dr. Freeze was driving to her parents' Eldersburg home when it spun out of control and crashed into a tractor-trailer, said her father, Bernard James Freeze.

Raised in Eldersburg, she was a 1981 graduate of the former Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore and received her undergraduate degree from Loyola College in 1985.

Although she once wanted to become a veterinarian, she went on to the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. She served her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

She was affiliated with the Robinwood and Myersville family practice groups in the Hagerstown area, and with Carroll County General Hospital, UM Medical Center and Washington County General Hospital, where she died after the accident.

"She was fearless," her father said. "She just never worried about anything except her patients."

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 9531 Liberty Road in Randallstown.

Surviving, in addition to her father, are her mother, Lois M. Haasen Freeze; two brothers, James B. Freeze of Westminster and Michael P. Freeze of Hanover, Pa.; a nephew; and three nieces.

Pub Date: 12/29/96

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