David Ransom Smith, 83, surveyor, ScoutmasterDavid Ransom...


David Ransom Smith, 83, surveyor, Scoutmaster

David Ransom Smith, a retired surveyor, died Thursday of cancer at Brightwood Center. He was 83 and lived in Lutherville.

He was a surveyor for the Towson engineering firm of Thompson, Grace and Mays through the 1960s. He was subsequently employed by the U.S. Postal Service at Lutherville, where he retired in 1982.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., he was raised in Towson and graduated from Towson High School in 1933. He was a 1938 graduate of Maryland State Teachers College at Towson, where he played on championship baseball, soccer and basketball teams.

He joined the Boy Scouts of America in 1927, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1930 and became a Scoutmaster in 1950. He retired from the organization in 1975 and was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award for his years in scouting.

He was a volunteer with Baltimore Reading Aides, a group that tutors adults.

He served in the Maryland National Guard.

In 1940, he married Shirley Mumford. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1989, he wed Alice Hopkins Waters, an art teacher and portrait artist, who survives him and lives in Lutherville.

He was a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Stoneleigh and Valley Presbyterian Church, 2200 W. Joppa Road, Brooklandville, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

He is also survived by a son, Stephen R. Smith of Atlanta; two daughters, Lynn S. Short of Lutherville and Janet Shepherd of Iowa City, Iowa; two step-daughters, Darby Moyer of Valencia, Calif., and Courtney Waters of Columbia; a step-son, Garrett Waters of Nashville, Tenn.; a sister, Martha Phillips of Hampstead; three grandsons and seven great-grandchildren.

Mary Janice Fleck, 50, State Department employee

Mary Janice Fleck, a foreign service officer who was born in Baltimore, died of cancer Friday at Fairfax (Va.) Inova Hospital. She was 50 and lived in Falls Church, Va.

The former Mary Janice Otto was a 1967 graduate of Parkville High School and, in 1971, received a bachelor's degree in economics from George Washington University, where she also earned a master's degree.

She was an international economist for the Treasury Department and served as assistant treasury attache in Paris from 1979 to 1983.

In 1985, she joined the State Department and held posts in Washington; Caracas, Venezuela; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While overseas, she was a volunteer fund-raiser for local orphanages.

In 1997, she received the Saltzman Award, a State Department honor for excellence in the field of economics, for her work in negotiating trade treaties with Malaysia.

Services were held Sunday.

She is survived by her husband, Lloyd Fleck, whom she married in 1993; a stepson, John Fleck of Fairfax; her mother, Mary Baucom Croghan of Pikesville; and a sister, Karen Otto Badellino of Hatboro, Pa.

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