Richard Cummings, Technical adviserA memorial service for...


November 17, 1991

Richard Cummings, Technical adviser

A memorial service for Richard H. Cummings, retired adviser for the Council of Equal Business Opportunities, will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 2110 Madison Ave.

Mr. Cummings, who was 77 and lived in the Ashburton area, died Wednesday of cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He retired about 12 years ago from the council after about 15 years as minority contractors technical assistance adviser.

Before that, he had been district manager in the North Avenue office of the Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co.

At the end of World War II, he became a charter member of the G.I. Veterans Taxicab Association and was a taxicab owner for about 10 years.

In the mid-1950s, he became a partner in the Crossroads Tavern.

Born in Baltimore and a 1932 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, he earned a degree in business administration at Virginia State University in Ettrick, Va., and also attended Temple University.

Fond of bowling and golf, he served on the board of the Druid Hill Avenue YMCA and was a member the Forest Park Senior Golfers and the Handicappers in addition to Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, the Baltimore Chapter of the Guardsmen and a social club, the Hums.

Mr. Cummings was an elder at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Jeanne Harvey; a son, Richard H. Cummings Jr. of Camden, N.J.; a daughter, Linda Cummings of Baltimore; a sister, Ruth Mason of Chicago; and two granddaughters.

=1 Another son, Glenford Cummings, died in July. Services were held in Easton Nov. 4 for Carroll S. Brinsfield Jr., retired chief of the Division of Food and Milk in the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

PTC Mr. Brinsfield, who was 86, died of a heart ailment in Easton on Oct. 31.

He had moved to Easton in 1981 after living 11 years in Oxford after his 1970 retirement.

He had headed health department programs to protect milk and food since 1948 and lived in Towson while working at department headquarters in Baltimore. He had been a state sanitarian with the Washington County Health Department for nine years before that.

After earning an agriculture degree from the University of Maryland in 1927, Mr. Brinsfield's career began in Hagerstown as head of quality control and later as plant manager for the Hagerstown Dairy.

He was a member of the Association of Food and Drug Officials of the United States and at one time chaired its frozen food standards subcommittee. He also served as president of the national group's Central Atlantic States Association of Food and Drug Officials.

Among his other professional affiliations were memberships in the National Automatic Merchandising Association, the Dairy Technology Society of Maryland and the District of Columbia, the Maryland Public Health Association, and the New York Conference of Health Officers and Food and Drug Officials. He was an honorary member of the Maryland Bottlers of Carbonated Beverages.

He had been an Easton Presbyterian Church member in recent years and was a former Towson Presbyterian Church deacon.

He is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, the former Ruth Bachtell; a son, Carroll S. Brinsfield III of Oxford; a brother, William M. Brinsfield of Cordova; and a sister, Anne Brinsfield Simmons of Morgantown, W.Va.

Robert VanderClute, Ran railroad supply firm

Robert C. VanderClute, a former resident of the Baltimore area, died Nov. 11 of heart and lung disease at his home in Sun City Center, Fla.

Mr. VanderClute, who was 85, lived in the Baltimore area from the early 1970s until he moved to Florida in 1983.

He came to the Baltimore area while serving as president of Journalpak Inc., a railroad supply company, from which he retired about 15 years ago.

Before joining Journalpak in New York City, he had been assistant to the president of the Daystrom Furniture Co. in Olean, N.Y.

A native of Ozone Park, N.Y., he served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

He was a member for more than 50 years of the Jamaica Lodge of the Masons in New York City and was a former president of the Seneca Council of the Boy Scouts in Olean.

His first wife, the former Louise Tranter, died in 1976, and his second wife, the former Dorothy Henderson Hanssen, died Sept. 30.

He is survived by a son, Robert C. VanderClute Jr. of Severna Park; a stepson, Henry Hanssen of Salt Lake City; a stepdaughter, Jane Morrison of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

:. Services for Mr. VanderClute were private.

Margaret G. Nichols, Novelist, story writer

Margaret G. Nichols, a former Baltimore resident who wrote 12 novels and many short stories, died Nov. 10 of heart failure at a hospital in Charlottesville, Va.

Mrs. Nichols, who was 82, moved from Guilford to Charlottesville a year and a half ago.

Her novels published in the 1940s and 1950s included "The Disinherited," and many of her short stories were published in women's magazines.

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