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Thomas LeRoy Soule, 59, physical therapist, activist


Thomas LeRoy Soule, a physical therapist and educational activist for dyslexic students, died of brain cancer Saturday at his Baldwin home. He was 59.

Born in Washington, D.C., he served in the Navy and earned a therapy degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.

After working as a Maryland State Police trooper from 1968 to 1970 at the Waterloo barracks, he became a physical therapist for several years at what was then Western Maryland State Hospital in Hagerstown. He then began a private practice, visiting patients in their homes. For the past six years, he worked for St. Joseph Upper Chesapeake Home Health and Bayada Nurses.

About 10 years ago, Mr. Soule helped found the Odyssey School, then located in Roland Park. He became interested after his son was diagnosed with dyslexia.

He enjoyed camping, hiking and vacationing at a family cottage in Lake Winola, Pa.

Services were held yesterday at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, where he was a member and taught a teen boys' youth group.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, the former Virginia Ida "Ginger" Lawrence; three sons, Gregory Soule of McGaheysville, Va., Jeffrey Soule, stationed with the Army in Honolulu, and Mick Soule of Baldwin; a daughter, Jennifer Deskiewicz of Hampstead; three brothers, Louis Soule of Gaithersburg, Don Soule of Berkeley Springs, W.Va. and Robert Soule of Olney; a sister, Judy Bailey of Waldorf; and three grandchildren.

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