Hyman L. Setzer, president of the Royal Taxi Cab Association, died Friday at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a long illness. He was 75.
Funeral services will be at noon today at the Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral establishment, 6010 Reisterstown Road, for Mr. Setzer, who lived in the Taylor Manor Apartments in Overlea.
Born in Baltimore, he attended Baltimore public schools and then began work as a taxi driver in 1938. He served in the Army Air Corps in North Africa and Italy during World War II.
After his discharge, Mr. Setzer returned to Maryland, where he and a brother owned a general store for a short time in Churchton. He returned to Baltimore in the mid-1950s and drove a cab until he moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where he ran several small businesses.
Mr. Setzer returned to Baltimore in 1966 and purchased a cab. He was one of the founders of the Royal Taxi Cab Association in 1971 and was elected president in 1974.
His work led to the growth of Royal Cab from a fleet of 32 cabs in 1974 to 310 today.
Mr. Setzer is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Hazel Brown; a son, Daniel Setzer of Hunt Valley, and a sister, Sarah Oftrusky of Annapolis.