Robert Vincent Bates, 67, dentist in RuxtonRobert...


Robert Vincent Bates, 67, dentist in Ruxton

Robert Vincent Bates, a retired dentist who practiced in Cockeysville and Ruxton for nearly 40 years, died Thursday from heart failure in his Lutherville home. He was 67.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Dr. Bates graduated from the Gilman School in 1950. He attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and received his doctor of dentistry degree in 1956 from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland Dental School. He later served in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

He began his dental career with his father, Dr. John O. Bates, and opened his own practice in 1960 in Cockeysville. He later practiced on Bellona Avenue in Ruxton until his retirement in 1997.

An avid Baltimore Colts and Orioles fan, Dr. Bates was a communicant at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson, where he served as an usher and a member of the vestry.

He was past president of several area organizations, including the Timonium-Cockeysville Kiwanis Club, the Paint & Powder Club, the Orioles Advocates and the St. George's Society. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts of America and the Tuscan Lodge of the Masonic Order.

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

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Mary Lou Sparger; a daughter, Margaret Forbes Bates of Baldwin; a son, John William Bates of Annapolis; his mother, Edna McInnes Bates, and a brother, Donald D. Bates, both of Wake Forest, N.C.; and a sister, Patricia B. Cook of Savannah, Ga.

Edward N. Cooper, 61, president of singles club

Edward N. Cooper, longtime president of the Singles Enjoying the Arts club, died Oct. 24 from head injuries suffered during a fall in Baltimore. The lifelong Baltimore resident was 61.

For nearly 20 years, Mr. Cooper presided over the social club that takes single residents to museums, theaters, outdoor hikes and picnics, crab feasts and other events around the Baltimore area.

Although he had never been to a ballet before joining SETA in 1977, he soon became a fixture on the cultural scene. He was also a member of the Mountain Club, the Sierra Club and Cylburn Arboretum, where he led hiking tours and lectured on plants and trees.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Cooper was a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. At the time of his death, he was employed by Nationwide Auto World in Timonium.

He is survived by his sister, Vicki Rothstein, a niece and a nephew, and several great-nieces and great-nephews, all of whom live in the Los Angeles area.

A graveside service was held Thursday at the Arlington Cemetery of Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore.

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