Frederick D. Gladstone Sr., retired city police captain

November 25, 1991

Frederick D. Gladstone Sr., a retired city police captain, died Thursday at Manor Care Nursing Home in Towson after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for a year. He was 83.

Services were being held today at the Leonard J. Ruck funeral establishment, 5305 Harford Road.

A Parkville resident for 52 years, Captain Gladstone joined the police department in 1932 at age 24. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1958, and four years later he was moved from the Northeastern District and promoted to captain of the Northwestern District. In the early 1930s, he received a citizens award for bravery.

He was born Jan. 18, 1908, in Baltimore. The death of his parents prevented him from completing high school, but he was promoted in the police department by careful study, according to his wife, Katherine Simpson Gladstone.

"We never went anywhere. All he would do is stay home and study," she said. "All he talked about was the police department," she said.

Captain Gladstone retired about 20 years ago, she said.

Besides his wife, Captain Gladstone is survived by two sons, Frederick Gladstone Jr. and Hugh Joseph Gladstone, both of Perry Hall; and a granddaughter raised by Mr. Gladstone, Donna Szymanski of Parkville. A third son, Michael M. Gladstone, died in infancy.

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