Samuel F. Spicer, 74, human resources manager


Samuel F. Spicer, a retired human resources manager for Baltimore's Department of Social Services, died of complications from a stroke Dec. 28 at the Perry Point Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The longtime resident of the Calloway-Garrison neighborhood was 74.

Mr. Spicer was born and raised in Cambridge and graduated in 1948 from the old F.D. St. Claire High School.

He joined the Army in 1948, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He subsequently joined the Air Force, serving until 1964 -- the year he also earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif., and moved to Baltimore.

He was administrator at the old Cherry Hill Junior High School for six years until becoming manager of employer and employee relations in 1973 for the Department of Social Services. He retired in 1999.

Mr. Spicer enjoyed golfing, bowling and reading.

Services were private.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, the former Laura Thomas; a daughter, Toya A. Spicer of Woodlawn; four sisters, Kathleen Eley of Randallstown, Sarena Robinson of Baltimore, Georgia Fields of Woodlawn and Mary Doughty of Wilmington, Del.; and two grandchildren.

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