Henry H. LeberRetired from BG&EHenry H. Leber, a retired...


September 08, 1991

Henry H. Leber

Retired from BG&E

Henry H. Leber, a retired public relations representative for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., died Sept. 1 at the Fort Howard Veterans Affairs Medical Center of congestive heart failure.

Mr. Leber, who was 76 and lived in Roland Park, retired in 1978 after more than 30 years with BG&E.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Friends School and the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1940, he enlisted in the "Dandy Fifth," the 5th Infantry Regiment of the Maryland National Guard, and served in the U.S. Army in Europe for three years during World War II, reaching the rank of major.

In addition to the Hiram Lodge of the Masons, he belonged to the Society of the War of 1812, the Huguenot Society of Maryland, the Sons of the American Revolution and several professional groups.

Over a period of 62 years, he was a member first of the Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, then of the Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Choate Cromwell. A son, Charles L. Leber II, died in 1973.

4( Services for Mr. Leber were private.

Kenneth Douty

First BTU president

Kenneth Douty, the first president of the Baltimore Teachers Union, died Monday of heart failure at his home in Lewes, Del.

Mr. Douty, who was 81, moved to Lewes in 1970 after his retirement as a European labor specialist for the Department of Labor in Washington, a job he held for about 10 years.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of City College and, in 1931, of Washington College in Chestertown.

He began teaching English in Baltimore and was on the faculty of Southern High School when he became president of the newly established local of the American Federation of Teachers in 1934. The union is now the bargaining agent for city teachers.

Mr. Douty left the city later that decade, and his subsequent jobs included work as an organizer in the South for the Textile Workers Union of America, as chief of a U.S. aid mission to France, and as director of the Illinois division of the American Civil Liberties Union in Chicago in the late 1950s.

In Lewes, he was active in the Lewes Historical Society.

He is survived by his wife, the former Frances Andrews; a daughter, Nina Douty Cannata of Lewes; a sister, Elaine Zimmerman of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; a brother, Harry M. Douty of Washington; and a granddaughter.

Private services were planned for Mr. Douty, but the family suggested memorial contributions to the Illinois division of the ACLU in Chicago or to the Nanticoke Indian Museum in Millsboro, Del.

Benjamin Bickford

Retired C&P executive

Services for Benjamin C. Bickford, a retired executive with C&P Telephone Co., will be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Ruck-Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Bickford, who was 66, died of heart failure Thursday at home in Timonium.

He managed the real estate division of C&P for 15 years, after working his way up in the company from a job as a lineman.

A native of Malden, Mass., Mr. Bickford moved to New Hampshire as a child and studied at public schools in Tamford. He attended the University of New Hampshire.

In 1947, he came to Baltimore to live with an uncle after his parents died. He met his future wife, Rosalie Pebbs, that fall.

A year later, he began working for C&P as a lineman. The Bickfords were married in 1949.

Mr. Bickford worked as a test man and an engineer before joining the real estate division. He managed C&P's regional office buildings, leased spaces and developed new sites for the telephone company. In 1985, he retired after 37 years with the phone company.

His hobbies included woodworking and renovating old buildings. helped his daughter, Mary Sue Bickford, refurbish an old house in Fells Point in recent years. He also was active with the local chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a service group sponsored by C&P.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by an uncle, Paul P. Bickford of Dover, Del.

Samuel A. Haggar

Hospital demographer

A memorial service for Samuel A. Haggar, a demographer in the Human Resources Department of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, will be held at 3 p.m. today at St. Mark's-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 1620 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

Mr. Haggar, who was 37 and lived on Montaigne Court in Pikesville, died Thursday at Baltimore County General Hospital after a heart attack.

At Hopkins since coming to Baltimore more than a year ago, he earlier did statistical work for about three months at the headquarters of Precision Tune Inc. in Sterling, Va., and earlier for an advertising agency in Columbia, S.C.

A native of Philadelphia, he was a graduate of the Woodbury (N.J.) High School and Rutgers University. He also attended Drexel University and later did graduate work at the University of South Carolina.

Mr. Haggar is survived by his wife, the former Ellen Lane, and his

mother, Mary Eleanor Haggar of Paulsboro, N.J.

Johnie N. Roy

Retired seamstress

Services for Johnie N. Roy, a retired seamstress for a purse manufacturer, will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1901 Madison Ave.

Mrs. Roy, who was 64 and lived on Keyworth Avenue, died Tuesday of respiratory disease at Baltimore County General Hospital.

She retired four years ago after working for 10 years for C.R. Daniels Inc. Earlier, she had worked in the X-ray department at Sinai Hospital and done domestic work.

The former Johnie N. Rice was a native of Baltimore. Her husband, Claude L. Roy, a roofer, died in 1973.

At the Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church, she was a member of the Usher Board, the Nurses Unit and the Gospel Choir.

An alto, she also sang with a non-denominational gospel chorus.

She is survived by a daughter, Edith Hitch; two sisters, Margerine Alsup and Mamie Cook; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.

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