Ambrose D. Cross, Howard bailiff, dies at 80Ambrose D...


December 17, 1991

Ambrose D. Cross, Howard bailiff, dies at 80

Ambrose D. Cross, a Howard County Circuit Court bailiff who had been the oldest Howard County employee, died Friday at his Ellicott City home of heart failure. He was 80.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Ellicott City.

A lifelong resident of Ellicott City, Mr. Cross attended a two-room school in the old mill town and county seat.

He went to work at the age of 12 as a butler for an Ellicott City family. Mr. Cross later became a postal employee, working 43 years until 1975 at the Main Street post office in Ellicott City, as a maintenance man and substitute letter carrier.

During World War II, he served as a sergeant in the Army quartermaster corps and saw combat during the Battle of the Bulge. He was a driver with the Red Ball express that equipped Gen. George Patton's tanks with ammunition and fuel.

After he retired from the post office, he was appointed a deputy sheriff in Howard County and held that post until he was named bailiff in 1976, a post he held up to his death.

"I first knew Ambrose when he worked at the post office in Ellicott City, and what impressed me was how considerate he was," said retired Howard County Circuit Judge James Macgill. "I tapped him to be bailiff because he was a person who had nice manners and was so thoughtful to people, which is a particularly welcome trait in public employees."

Mr. Cross, who had a sense of humor, once used the phrase "here comes the judge" in a takeoff on a comedy routine when Judge Macgill approached the bench. The bailiff, however, returned to the standard courtroom presentation after the judge talked to him about it.

A member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Mr. Cross went to Mass every morning until he suffered from a heart ailment last month. His family remembers him as a patient grandfather who would sit for hours and sing to his grandchildren. He would tell them nursery stories, adding his own humorous touches to spice up the tales.

Surviving are his wife, Gladys Cross, of Ellicott City; five daughters, Shirley M. Greene of Columbia, Gloria Cross Hollis of Catonsville, Patricia D. Cook of Catonsville, Teressa Cross of Ellicott City and Mona Lisa Cosgrove of Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Montray Rochon of Seat Pleasant; 10 grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren.

Janella S. Cohen

Treated alcoholics

Services for Janella Stewart Cohen, who was a founder of Hidden Brook, one of the earliest treatment centers for alcoholism, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mrs. Cohen, who was 69 and lived on Velvet Valley Way in Owings Mills, died Sunday of cancer at the Johns Hopkins


In 1968, after she saw the need for a hospital or center that would treat the disease of alcoholism, she and four others started the center in a stone farmhouse with a columned porch in Bel Air with beds for nine patients, staffed largely by recovering alcoholics.

Licensed by the state in 1971, the institution got a contract with Blue Cross in 1974 and, by 1979, treated patients sent there by a list of more than eight major companies.

By 1985, when it was sold and became part of a group of hospitals known as New Beginnings, it had grown to more than 200 beds in centers that included an institution in Pennsylvania and two on the Eastern Shore, one of them for adolescents.

The former Janella Stewart was a native of Farmville, La., and a graduate of Louisiana Tech University. She came to Baltimore after her marriage 46 years ago to Irving Cohen.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Darlene Cohen of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.


Edward A. Jones

Navy captain, doctor

Services for Edward Atwell Jones, a Baltimore native and retired Navy physician and captain, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the chapel at Fort Myer, Va.

Dr. Jones, who was 74, died of cardiorespiratory arrest Thursday at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va.

The general practitioner had been in private practice in McLean, Va., from 1974 -- when he retired from the Navy as assistant chief of aerospace medicine -- to 1986.

He served in the Navy during World War II, taking part in the Normandy invasion. His Navy career spanned 35 years, including service in Japan; in Korea during the Korean War; in Rota, Spain, as chief medical officer of the U.S. Naval Air Station; and aboard the aircraft carrier Midway.

As a flight surgeon, he treated Navy pilots and later helped evaluate Vietnam War veterans.

Dr. Jones belonged to Christ Church Episcopal in Alexandria, Va., and to the Masons, the Shriners and the Civitan Club in McLean, Va., where he had lived since 1971.

He was born in Baltimore, son of Lilla Brown and Joseph Edward Jones of Lothian.

Dr. Jones received his medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago and attended the University of Louisville as an undergraduate.

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