Robert 'Gus' Greene, 63, worked at women's...


Robert 'Gus' Greene, 63, worked at women's shelter

Robert Thomas Julian "Gus" Greene, a former conveyor-belt operator who most recently was a handyman at a Baltimore women's shelter, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at Northwest Medical Center. He was 63.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Greene graduated from Douglass High School in 1953 and studied business administration at what is now Morgan State University.

He worked at the Kennecott Copper Refinery for 27 years, until it closed in 1985.

After several years as a clerk at the Baltimore public schools warehouse, he enrolled in the city Health Department's Senior Aides job-training program, leading to jobs first in the mailroom of the Internal Revenue Service office in Baltimore and, most recently, at the Susanna Wesley House shelter.

Mr. Greene loved jazz and doo-wop music and regularly attended Friday night jazz sessions at Lafayette Market.

Mr. Greene married Alice Lightner in 1955, and they lived in the city until they moved to Woodlawn in 1976.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Greene is survived by two sons, Ronald Greene of Towson and Randy Greene of Woodlawn; five daughters, Robin Greene of Pikesville, Rae-Lynn Kingeter of Owings Mills and Renee Stancil, Raina Medley and Christine Cox, all of Randallstown; 11 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Payne Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1716 Madison Ave. in Baltimore.

Jill Ann Boskey, 51, lawyer, social activist

Jill Ann Boskey, a lawyer, social activist and former typesetter who took part in anti-war demonstrations including the destruction of draft board records during the Vietnam War, died of cancer Jan. 3 in New York City. She was 51.

The New Jersey native joined four other women in the destruction of draft records of 13 Selective Service boards in New York City on the night of July 2, 1969. She often boasted of her role in the so-called "women's draft board action," including removing the "1" and "A" keys from typewriters in board offices -- "1A" being the official designation for draft eligibility.

Ms. Boskey's activism took her from New York to Maryland in 1971. Here, she became active in the feminist movement and founded Diana Press, a feminist publishing company. She supported herself by setting type for Port City Press.

During her time in Baltimore, she lived at the Ida Brayman women's commune on Homestead Street in Waverly. In 1974, she returned to New York. She earned a law degree in 1986 at the City University of New York. For the past 12 years, she worked on class-action lawsuits on behalf of the disabled.

In addition to the circle of friends and colleagues whom Ms. Boskey called her "family of choice," she is survived by a brother, James B. Boskey of Newark, N.J., and a niece, Elizabeth R. Boskey of Baltimore.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 24 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, at 2 W. 64th St. in Manhattan.

Charles A. Stubblefield, 86, VA claims adjuster

Charles A. Stubblefield, a retired Veterans Administration claims adjuster, was found dead Tuesday at his West Baltimore home. He was 86. The medical examiner's office was investigating the cause of death.

A Baltimore resident since 1938, Mr. Stubblefield began his career at the VA headquarters in Washington in 1941. He retired in 1969.

He was a professional photographer, covering weddings and parties, and taking portraits.

Born in Huntsville, Texas, Mr. Stubblefield earned his bachelor's degree in the early 1930s from Tillotson College in Austin, now Huston-Tillotson College.

In 1937, he married Lois Proctor, who died in 1995.

Mr. Stubblefield had been a member of St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church and the Fulton Heights Neighborhood Club, and was an avid Orioles fan.

Services will be at noon tomorrow at the Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway.

Surviving are a daughter, Lois S. Waters of Ellicott City; a brother, Nathaniel Boone of Los Angeles; four sisters, Ruth M. Booker of Washington and Doris B. Williams, Agatha B. Brown and Marian B. Compton, all of Los Angeles; and a granddaughter.

Philip L. Goodyear Jr., 76, insurance executive

Philip L. Goodyear Jr., a World War II combat veteran and insurance executive who loved to chase trains in his car, died Jan. 1 of coronary artery disease at his Catonsville home -- with his family beside him and a railroad video playing on the television. He was 76.

Mr. Goodyear, who was trained as a lawyer, spent 35 years with Maryland Casualty Co., the last 17 in its Baltimore office, where he was national bond claim manager. He retired in 1987.

During the past decade, he was a volunteer docent at the B&O; Railroad Museum, satisfying a love of locomotives that dated to his boyhood near a railroad crossroads in New Albany, Ind.

"He never stopped talking about trains. He'd go out on the weekends in his car and drive around chasing trains as they went," says a daughter, Julia Goodyear of Silver Spring. "He had records with train noises on them, and we would go to sleep listening to them."

Mr. Goodyear was an Army sergeant during the war, serving on the front lines with the 38th Infantry. Afterward, he worked as a switchman on the Union Pacific Railroad but quit after a few years and went to Indiana University and then law school at the University of Louisville, where he met and married the former Carolyn ZurSchmiede.

In addition to his wife of 48 years and his daughter, his survivors include four other daughters, Paula M. Goodyear of Catonsville, Diana Bangert of Nashville, Tenn., Laura E. Manejwala of Memphis, Tenn., and Martha L. Acheson of Pocatello, Idaho; two sons, Philip L. Goodyear III of Catonsville and John C. Goodyear of Odenton; two sisters, Mary Metzger of Jeffersonville, Ind., and Anne Banet of New Albany; and 11 grandchildren.

Services were held Tuesday.

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