Gustavus Ober Thomas, 72, owner of woodworking...


Gustavus Ober Thomas, 72, owner of woodworking firm

Gustavus Ober Thomas, founder of Ober Woodworking Inc., died at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center on Friday from complications of a peptic ulcer. He was 72.

Since 1969, Mr. Thomas headed the firm that supplied wood components to the Children's Furniture Co., manufacturers of tables, chairs and toy boxes. The shop was in the 3800 block of Buena Vista Ave. in Hampden.

Over the years, Ober Woodworking also developed a reputation for high-quality cabinetmaking, and much of Mr. Thomas' work could be seen in homes throughout Charles Village, Bolton Hill and North Baltimore.

The St. Georges Road resident was born and raised in Baltimore. He was a nephew of Norman Thomas, the socialist candidate for president between 1928 and 1948, and a great-grandson of Gustavus Ober, founder of G. Ober & Sons, a Baltimore fertilizer company.

He was a 1944 graduate of the Gilman School and served in the Navy in World War II. He attended Princeton University and in 1949 earned an engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

An avid skier and gardener, he worked for the Aluminum Corp. of America before establishing his business.

Mr. Ober was a member of Brown Memorial Woodbrook United Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

He is survived by two aunts, Emma Thomas of Cockeysville and Christine Thomas of York, Pa.; and numerous cousins.

Dr. Peter Rasmussen Sr., 71, pathologist, UM professor

Dr. Peter Rasmussen Sr., a retired pathologist and professor emeritus at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, died Monday at his Severna Park home of leukemia. He was 71.

Before his 1992 retirement, Dr. Rasmussen spent 22 years as director of hospital laboratories and was associate chairman of the department of pathology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he was a professor of pathology.

He was also chief of laboratory services at the Veterans Administration Hospital, director of clinical laboratories from 1972 to 1981, and in 1971 and 1972 was head of the hospital's division of cytopathology, which is the study of diseases of cells.

The Perth Amboy, N.J., native graduated from high school there and received his bachelor's degree and medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. He spent two years as a lieutenant in the Navy with the Medical Sea Transportation Service until discharged in 1954.

He interned at Queens General Hospital in New York and completed his residency at Kansas University Medical Center. From 1985 to 1987, he was chairman of the Governor's Task Force on Deaths from Fires in Maryland.

Dr. Rasmussen's professional memberships included the American Association for the Advancement of Science, College of American Pathologists, International Academy of Pathology, Maryland Society of Pathologists, New York Academy of Sciences and American Society of Clinical Pathology.

He enjoyed sailing and classical music.

Dr. Rasmussen was a member of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road, Severna Park, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m Sunday. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Ann Virginia Brachman; two sons, Peter Rasmussen Jr. and David Rasmussen, both of Severna Park; two daughters, Joan R. Stuart of West Chester, Pa., and Lorraine R. Heibel of Annapolis; a brother, Walter Rasmussen of Metuchen, N.J.; and two grandchildren.

Walter O. Doeller Jr., 71, founder of gear company

Walter Oram Doeller Jr., founder, president and chief executive officer of a Baltimore County gear manufacturing company, died Tuesday of a cerebral hemorrhage at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. The Timonium resident was 71.

Since 1996, Mr. Doeller had headed Slaysman-Pegasus, a gear manufacturer in Phoenix.

His business career began in 1953, when he joined Slaysman & Co., the East Baltimore manufacturing firm of precision machine parts and castings founded in the early 1880s by Alexander Slaysman, his maternal grandfather.

At the company, he rose from shop superintendent to president, chief executive officer and owner of the business, which closed in 1996.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Towson, Mr. Doeller was a 1946 graduate of the McDonogh School and earned an engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1950. He served with the Army in Germany from 1951 until 1953, when he was discharged as a lieutenant.

An avid horseman, he rode in area point-to-point timber races as a younger man. He was also an accomplished storyteller.

Mr. Doeller was a lifelong member of First and St. Stephens United Church of Christ. Services had not been scheduled as of last night. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Patricia Rutgers; a son, Walter Oram "Ti" Doeller III of Parkton; two daughters, Patricia Doeller Evans of Riderwood, and Diana Doeller Cooper of Phoenix; and six grandchildren.

Dr. Peter Rasmussen Sr.: The date of a memorial service for Dr. Peter Rasmussen Sr. was incorrectly stated in an obituary published in yesterday's editions of The Sun. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road, Severna Park. The Sun regrets the error.
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