Richard Francis, Policeman of Year in 1965, diesCol...


March 21, 1992

Richard Francis, Policeman of Year in 1965, dies

Col. Richard G. Francis, retired head of the Traffic Division of Baltimore's Police Department, died March 15 of cancer at the Baltimore County General Hospital. He was 58.

Colonel Francis was named Policeman of the Year in 1965 by The Baltimore Sun. At the time of his retirement in 1983, he had earned 24 official commendations, five commendatory letters, two Bronze Stars and 62 letters of commendation from citizens and public officials.

He lived on Johnnycake Road in Woodlawn. His retirement followed two years as a police colonel and head of traffic.

Joining the force in 1956, he was assigned to the Northwestern District and then to the Southwestern District. He was a member of special squads such as one searching for escapees and other fugitives.

After his promotion to sergeant in 1967, he was in the Tactical Division, the Western District and the Criminal Investigation Division.

By 1973, he was a lieutenant in the Southern District.

In 1980, after five years as Southwest District commander, he was named a lieutenant colonel and deputy chief of the department's Patrol Division.

Two of Colonel Francis' experiences, related by him in 1980, illustrated what he described as his good luck in his police career. One of the anecdotes was about a former Marine sergeant who was threatening to jump from a ledge at Maryland General Hospital. When the police official noted that he outranked the sergeant and gave him a direct order to come in off the ledge, the man obeyed.

On another occasion, Colonel Francis told a man who was pointing a rifle at his son in a Southwest Baltimore home that the neighbors were ashamed of the man, and the police official offered himself as a target if the man insisted on shooting someone. He threw the gun down.

Born in Baltimore, Colonel Francis was a graduate of St. Edward's School and Forest Park High School.

He was in the National Guard as a young man and was a member of the Order of the Sons of Italy.

He is survived by a son, Thomas R. Francis of San Diego; a daughter, Evelyn M. Livingstone, also of the San Diego area; his mother, Marie C. Francis of Baltimore; two brothers, John J. Francis of Catonsville and Robert V. Francis of Baltimore; his fiance, Cheryl T. Strauss, and her son, Danny Strauss, both of Woodlawn; and three grandchildren.

A service was held Wednesday evening at the Sterling-Ashton Funeral Home in Catonsville. A Mass of Christian burial for Mary Ann Schultz, president of the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs since 1990, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, 10003 Bird River Road, Middle River.

Mrs. Schultz died Wednesday at the age of 63 after an apparent heart attack at her home in White Marsh.

She was president of the federation's Baltimore District from 1982 to 1984.

She had also been president of the Woman's Club of Perry Hall and of the Myrtle Club, a group of former presidents of the Baltimore District.

Mrs. Schultz was the first laywoman to be an incorporator of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, and she had been recording secretary of the Parish Council and prefect of the Sodality.

She sang as an alto in the church choir and played the organ at some services.

Born in Baltimore, the former Mary Ann Freimuth was a graduate of Seton High School. As a young woman, she was an agent for the Maryland Casualty Co.

Her husband, Robert L. Schultz, died Oct. 2.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Lee Schultz of White Marsh; two nephews, George Collison of Chesapeake, Va., and Matthew Crouch of Baltimore; and a niece, Jane Myers of Baltimore. Services for Raymond C. Wilson, a sophomore at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School who was killed in an automobile accident Monday, will be held at noon today at the March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.

Raymond, 16, lived on Gulfport Drive in Cherry Hill. He died when the car in which he was a passenger crashed on Edmondson Avenue after a police chase.

Born in Baltimore, he had been a student at Chinquapin Middle School and Govans Elementary before attending Mergenthaler.

He wanted to study drafting and enjoyed working with computers, his family said. A fan of the "Star Trek" television program, he had hoped to design spacecraft after he completed his schooling.

He also played the electric guitar and was interested in starting a band.

His survivors include his mother, Regina Shields of Cherry Hill; his father, Raymond R. Wilson of College Park; two sisters, Phallon Terry of Cherry Hill and Jessica Wilson of College Park; a grandmother, Ruth Inez Wilson of College Park; a great-grandmother, Mollie Randall of College Park, and a great-grandfather, Walter Powell, also of College Park.

Robert W. Borg

Financial executive

A memorial service for Robert W. Borg, a retired financial executive, will be held at 4 p.m. today at his home at 17615 Falls Road in Upperco.

Mr. Borg, who was 65, died March 14 of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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