Katharine C. Fausel, 91, real estate agentKatharine...


Katharine C. Fausel, 91, real estate agent

Katharine C. Fausel, a homemaker and former real estate agent, died Monday of respiratory failure at the Blakehurst Life Care Community in Towson. She was 91.

A longtime Ruxton resident who had also resided in Winter Park, Fla., she sold real estate in Baltimore during the 1950s. While living in Florida during the 1980s, she worked as an interior decorator.

The former Katharine Conklin was born and raised in Waverly. She was married in 1928 to E. Edgar Thompson Jr., a chemical company sales representative who died in 1950; and in 1957 to Robert W. Fausel, a Curtiss-Wright test pilot who died last year.

An avid gardener and gin rummy player, she had been a member of the L'Hirondelle Club.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Boyce and Carrollton avenues, Ruxton.

She is survived by a son, Edward E. Thompson of Ruxton, and two grandchildren.

Ruth S. Shaeffer, 84, homemaker and volunteer

Ruth S. Shaeffer, a homemaker and community volunteer, died Wednesday of an aneurysm in Delray Beach, Fla. She was 84.

A former Roland Park resident, she had lived at the Brightwood Retirement Community in Lutherville since 1991. She was vacationing in Florida.

The former Ruth Smyser was born and raised in York, Pa., where she graduated from high school. She was a longtime communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson and a founder of its Surprise Shop. She also volunteered at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave.

Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Charles W. Shaeffer, retired chairman of the board of T. Rowe Price Associates Inc.; a son, Charles W. "Pete" Shaeffer Jr. of Gibson Island; two daughters, Ann Shaeffer MacKenzie of Cockeysville and Julia Parker Shaeffer of Wynnewood, Pa.; two brothers, Richard D. Smyser of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Adam A. Smyser of Honolulu; two sisters, Alice Raphel of Monkton and Serena Leber of Bethesda; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

James C. Taylor, 80, owned ship's chandlery

James C. Taylor, former president of R. J. Taylor, a Baltimore ship's chandlery founded by his grandfather, died Tuesday of respiratory failure at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 80.

A resident of Homeland for 70 years, Mr. Taylor was president and owner of the business established in 1901 on South Gay Street.

In 1989, he retired and sold the business, which supplied ships calling at the port of Baltimore with goods ranging from food to nautical supplies.

He was the only American president and chairman of the International Association of Ship Suppliers, and was a former president and chairman of the National Association Marine Service of the United States.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1941. He was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1941, but never practiced.

During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a hospital administrator in Texas, attaining the rank of captain.

Services are private.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Catherine Griesemer; a son, William C. Taylor of Baltimore; and a daughter, Grier C. Taylor of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 2/07/99

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