Robert E. Holt, 87, lawyer, Social Security...


Robert E. Holt, 87, lawyer, Social Security employee

Robert Earl Holt, a Parkville lawyer who specialized in family law, died Oct. 16 of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 87.

Mr. Holt, who in recent years practiced law from his Parkville residence, had been a partner in the Catonsville law firm Holt, Lee and Agelhoff.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Holt had been a field representative for the Social Security Administration from 1945 until retiring in 1970.

He was an outreach worker for the city Commission on Aging, and worked on the agency's radio show, which aired on WFBR-AM radio during the 1970s and 1980s.

Because he was a staunch Democrat who had cast his first vote for Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932, Mr. Holt was seldom without the FDR campaign pin he wore on his lapel.

Born in Memphis, Tenn., the son of a railroader, Mr. Holt graduated from high school in Brooklyn, N.Y. He briefly worked as a reporter for the Washington Post before earning his law degree from Columbia University School of Law in the 1930s.

During World War II, he served with the Army at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he taught reading and writing to illiterate soldiers.

He was married in 1937 to Jacqueline Calvert Jordan, who died in 1990.

He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 7.

He is survived by his son, Robin Jordan Holt of Parkville.

Joseph G. Staib, 47, sales representative

Joseph G. Staib, a sales representative with Schumacher & Seiler Inc., died Monday of undetermined causes at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Catonsville resident was 47.

Since 1996, Mr. Staib had been a sales representative at the Ellicott City wholesale plumbing and heating supplies distributor. Earlier, he had been the owner of Deep South Snowshakes at The Mall in Columbia and the Tropical Juice Bar at Harper's Choice Village Center in Columbia.

He was born and raised in Johnstown, Pa., where he graduated from high school. He was married in 1984 to Sande Mascaro.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at Our Mother of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, 415 Tioga St., Johnstown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Casey Staib of Johnstown; his parents, Mark and Audrey Staib of Johnstown; four brothers, Mark Staib of Bradenton, Fla., Phil Staib, Chuck Staib and Thomas Staib, all of Johnstown; five sisters, Dorothy Gaspar of Owings Mills, Beverly Esch and Vivian Evans, both of Johnstown, Mary DellaValle of Tampa, Fla., and Jane Provan of Bellefonte, Pa.; a stepson, Craig Mascaro of Elkridge; a stepdaughter, Stacey Mascaro of DuBois, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

Richard G. Thresher Sr., 71, official at proving ground

Richard G. Thresher Sr., former associate technical director of the chemical systems laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground and a consultant, died Monday of cancer at Rock Bottom, his home in Aberdeen. He was 71.

Mr. Thresher retired in 1987 from the proving ground, where he had been associate technical director of the chemical systems laboratory for 35 years. In recent years, he had been an engineering consultant for Computer Sciences Corp. in Bel Air.

He held patents on several devices he developed for the Army, including an air-dropped smoke screen used to shield U.S. ground forces in Vietnam, and also was a U.S. representative to NATO for chemical and biological warfare.

He was honored as Engineer of the Year in 1994 by the Engineering Society of Baltimore, and was past president and director of the Engineering Council of Maryland. He was a former chairman of the state Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Born and raised in Dolgeville, N.Y., where he graduated from public schools, he was a direct descendant of Robert Thresher, the captain of the Dove, which brought the first English settlers to Southern Maryland in 1634.

He received engineering degrees from Syracuse University and the Newark (N.J.) College of Engineering. He had a master's degree in administration from George Washington University.

He began his career at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey before joining the staff of the proving ground in 1962.

A violinist, Mr. Thresher played with the Aberdeen Orchestra and the Baltimore Harmonium. He also enjoyed gardening and fishing. He was an active member of New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, where a memorial service was held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Penelope DeNure, whom he married in 1953; two sons, Robert K. Thresher of Aberdeen and Richard G. Thresher Jr. of Montclair, Va.; three daughters, Margaret T. Burns of Phoenix in Baltimore County, Martha T. Martin of Timonium, and Penelope T. Beddow of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a brother, William J. Thresher Jr. of Shelton, Conn.; 15 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Sally T. Ford, 65, laboratory administrator

Sally T. Ford, a retired clinical laboratory administrator, died Thursday at Union Memorial Hospital from complications of diabetes. The longtime Waltherson resident was 65.

For 20 years, until her retirement in the late 1980s, she worked as clinical laboratory administrator at the former North Charles General Hospital.

The former Sally Tower was born and raised in Luverne, Minn., where she graduated from high school. She attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., before moving to Baltimore in the 1950s.

She was married in 1959 to Fraser C. Ford, a pharmaceutical courier, who survives.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9: 30 a.m. Monday at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, Harford Road and Gibbons Avenue.

She also is survived by three daughters, Veronica E. Hegarty of Homeland, Valerie A. Ford of Hamilton and Victoria L. Poggi of Timonium; a brother, Chadwick Tower of Hopkins, Minn.; and five grandchildren.


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