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Ruth Roland Matthews, 84, department store clerk

Ruth Roland Matthews, a retired department store clerk and World War II defense worker, died Sunday of kidney failure at St. Agnes HealthCare. She was 84 and lived in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Matthews had worked as a clerk at Best & Co., Hochschild-Kohn and Stewart & Co. department store, from which she retired in 1980.

During the 1950s, she worked as a dietitian for Baltimore public schools.

Born Ruth Roland Finney, she was raised in West Baltimore and educated in city public schools. She attended the Cortez Peters Business School and during World War II worked building airplanes at the Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River.

She was married in 1947 to Raymond E. Matthews Sr., who died in 1965.

She had been a member for 43 years of Union Memorial United Methodist Church on Harlem Avenue, where she was a member of the Flower Circle.

She enjoyed playing poker and, in earlier years, bowling.

Services were held yesterday at Union Memorial United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Sylvester A. Finney and Raymond E. Matthews Jr., both of Baltimore; two daughters, Yvonne D. Henson and Brenda B. Streets, both of Baltimore; a sister, Helen M. Brown of Baltimore; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

Robert F. Gauss Sr., 62, surveying company founder

Robert Frederick Gauss Sr., founder of an Emmitsburg land surveying company, died Sunday of heart failure at Gettysburg Hospital in Pennsylvania. He was 62.

Since 1980, Mr. Gauss had been president and owner of Robert F. Gauss and Associates Inc. Earlier, he had worked for many years as a surveyor with D. K. Sutcliffe & Associates before establishing his own company.

Born and raised in Howard Park, Mr. Gauss was a 1956 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and attended classes at Penn State University and McCoy College at the Johns Hopkins University.

The Emmitsburg resident was a past chairman and member of the Appalachian Chapter of the Maryland Society of Surveyors and in 1997 was named Surveyor of the Year. Last year, he was appointed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening to the Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveyors.

As a member of the Mason-Dixon Line Preservation Partnership, Mr. Gauss helped identify and preserve the stone markers of the historic 1763-1767 survey that defined the boundary line between Maryland and Pennsylvania.

He was also a member of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, the Emmitsburg Lions Club, Emmitsburg Business and Professional Association and the Emmitsburg Historical Society.

An Eagle Scout, he was a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and was the former leader of Boy Scout Troop 284.

He enjoyed sailing, stamp collecting and golfing.

A memorial service was held Thursday at Incarnation United Church of Christ in Emmitsburg.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Crystal L. Wiley; three sons, Robert F. Gauss Jr. of Emmitsburg, James E. Gauss of Waynesboro, Pa., and J. Christopher Gauss Sr. of Cascade, Washington County; a sister, Nancy Penrod of Brick, N.J.; seven grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

Richard H. Thompson, 68, AAI Corp. weapons engineer

Richard H. Thompson, a retired engineer, died of a heart attack Wednesday at his Jarrettsville home. He was 68.

Until he retired in 1991, he was a weapons design engineer at AAI Corp. in Cockeysville, where he worked for 36 years.

He was born in Barrington, N.J., where he attended public schools. He later attended St. Paul's School for Boys, then located in Mount Washington.

He served in the Air Force in the 1950s in Japan.

He enjoyed model railroading and belonged to the Harford Area Model Railroaders. He also was a boater and belonged to the Otter Point Yacht Club.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Bel Forest Baptist Church, 603 Vale Road, Bel Air.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, the former Kathryn E. Peters; five stepsons, Steven V. Morrow of Aberdeen, Stanley L. Morrow of Commerce, Colo., Jeffery C. Morrow of Aberdeen, Brian H. Morrow of Winchester, Va., and Vincent K. Morrow of Bel Air; two stepdaughters, Deborah E. Bash of Bel Air and Sherry A. Wilmoth of Aberdeen; a brother, John W. Thompson of Timonium; 16 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

William G. Rennie II, 70, insurance agency manager

William Glenn Rennie II, a retired manager of an insurance company's branch offices, died Tuesday after lung surgery at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 70 and lived in Timonium.

He was a Maryland Casualty Co. branch office manager.

He joined the company in 1949 and served in Minneapolis; Bloomington, Ill.; Washington, D.C.; and Baltimore. He retired in 1983.

He also headed the insurance division of the Maryland AAA.

After his retirement, he was a proctor and instructor for the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College. He attended the University of Baltimore.

He served in the Navy from 1952 to 1954.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Timonium United Methodist Church, Pot Spring Road, where he was a member and active in the men's Bible study group.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Mary Virginia Wantz; a son, William Glenn Rennie III of Timonium; three daughters, Pamela Burke of Lutherville, Lynda Tankersley of Parkton and Kimberly Rennie of Sparks; a stepmother, Dorothy Rennie of Catonsville; and seven grandchildren.


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