Ralph J. Munroe Jr.
Group sales manager
A memorial service for Ralph J. Munroe Jr., group sales manager for a travel agency, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road.
Mr. Munroe, who was 75, died Oct. 23 of cancer at his home in Parkville.
He had been group sales manager for Walker-Wilson Travel Ltd. since 1971 and had sold many groups cruises aboard Cunard Line ships -- including one group of 240 salespeople from a flooring company that made a cruise from Baltimore to the
Caribbean aboard the Queen Elizabeth II.
He went to Walker-Wilson from a similar post in American Express Co.'s Baltimore office, where he worked for about two years.
His entry into the travel business came after World War II, when he worked in several cities as an Eastern Airlines reservation supervisor.
He left Eastern in Baltimore after more than 20 years and worked briefly in group sales at a number of hotels, including the Emerson, Lord Baltimore and Belvedere in Baltimore and the Willard in Washington.
Mr. Munroe was born in Fall River, Mass., graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., and, in 1938, from Yale University.
He worked for an investment banking firm in New York before enlisting in the Army and serving as an Army Air Corps officer in Alaska.
Mr. Munroe is survived by his wife, the former Eleanore Wehner, and a son, Ralph Judson Munroe III of Baltimore.
The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the home hospice program at Union Memorial Hospital.
Gillian Cohen, who was active in Congregation Brith Shalom in Columbia, which her husband, Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen, serves as spiritual leader, died Oct. 11 of cancer at her home on Silent Bird Court in Columbia.
In addition to her work with the congregation that meets in the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, Mrs. Cohen, who was 40, worked from 1987 through last year as a senior level software consultant for Kean Inc., a computer consulting firm. Earlier, she was a program analyst at the national headquarters of Kmart Corp. in Troy, Mich.
She married Rabbi Cohen shortly after moving to this area.
The former Gillian Papilsky was a native of Queenstown, South Africa, and was a graduate of the Girl's High School there and of the University of Cape Town, with honors in microbiology.
In 1977, she came to the United States with her family, and in 1983 earned an associate's degree with highest honors after studying computers at the Oakland Community College in Michigan.
Her first marriage to Raphael Sapeika ended in divorce.
She is survived by a daughter, Tal Sapeika, of West Bloomfield, Mich.; and two sons Daniel Sapeika, of West Bloomfield and Zachary Cohen, of Columbia; her parents, Millie and Dr. Maurice I. Papilsky of Rockville; a brother, David M. Papilsky of Rockville; and a sister, Shirley B. Nochomovitz of Potomac, who practices psychiatry under her maiden name, Dr. Shirley B. Papilsky.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, Hospice Services of Howard County or the Gillian Cohen Fund of Congregation Brith Shalom.
Services were held Oct. 13 at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center.
Dr. R Adams Cowley
Trauma care pioneer
Services for Dr. R Adams Cowley, a pioneer in emergency medicine who founded the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, corner of Seminary Avenue, Dulaney Valley Road and Pot Spring Road in Towson.
Dr. Cowley died Sunday of apparent heart failure at his home in Baltimore. He was 74.
After the funeral, a procession will leave the church and arrive at Arlington National Cemetery at approximately 2:30 p.m. He will be buried with full military honors and a 21-gun salute.
He was a former U.S. Army surgeon who learned techniques of emergency medicine while stationed in Europe after World War II. In 1961, he opened a two-bed research unit at the University of Maryland Hospital that grew in size and won worldwide acclaim for innovation in the care of patients with potentially fatal injuries.
His efforts to make trauma care a separate discipline of medicine culminated in 1989 with the opening of a free-standing, eight-story structure in Baltimore that bears his name.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the University of Maryland Foundation for the R Adams Cowley Fellowship, c/o University of Maryland, Baltimore, or to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1400 Dulaney Valley Road.