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May 01, 1992

Elbert Robinson, national executive of Boy Scouts

Elbert O. Robinson, a national executive of the Boy Scouts of America and a former resident of Columbia, died Saturday of a heart attack while attending a North Carolina Central University alumni meeting in Chicago. He was 64.

A resident of Euless, Texas, he had worked at the Scout headquarters in Irving, Texas, since 1982 as associate national director of the Cub Scouting Division.

When living in Columbia from 1972 to 1982, he was director of the Scouts' Southeast Region.

His wife, the former Dorothy Welch, taught at that time in Columbia's Stevens Forest Elementary School.

Mr. Robinson was a graduate of North Carolina College, now North Carolina Central University, and was southwest regional president of its alumni association. He was a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

In addition to his wife, his survivors include three daughters, Lisa Robinson of Columbia, Kyle Robinson-Smith of Los Angeles and Zandra Robinson-Hicks of Richmond, Va.; two sons, Elbert O. Robinson II of Columbia and Richard Ellis of Iselin, N.J.; a brother, William Robinson of Baltimore; a sister, Bettie Avent, also of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the scouting headquarters in Irving, Texas, and at 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Bedford, Texas. A third service will be held at 3 p.m. May 9 at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Elizabeth City, N.C.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Chapter of the North Carolina Central University Alumni or the Boy Scouts of America in Irving.

Virginia D. Gleisner

Taught in Baltimore

Services for Virginia D. Gleisner, who retired in the mid-1960s as an English teacher at Eastern High School, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7001 Harford Road.

Mrs. Gleisner, who was 88, died of cancer Wednesday at her home on Chambers Road.

The former Virginia Dodson was born in Baltimore and lived for a time in Cincinnati. A graduate of Baltimore's Western High School, she earned a bachelor's degree at Goucher College in 1926 and a master's degree at the Johns Hopkins University.

She began teaching in Baltimore in 1927, after teaching a year in Havre de Grace.

Mrs. Gleisner sang in the choir and served on the council of St. Luke's Church. She also was a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Her husband, Philip B. Gleisner, a retired industrial arts teacher, died in 1981.

She is survived by two sons, Walter Philip Gleisner of Baltimore and John Garfield Gleisner of Airville, Pa.; a daughter, Joan Virginia Kellinghusen of Vancouver, British Columbia; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

James A. Lesh

Social Security official

James A. Lesh, who retired in 1973 as chief of classification for the Social Security Administration, died April 24 at St. Agnes Hospital of complications of kidney failure.

Services for Mr. Lesh, who was 76 and lived in Catonsville, were held yesterday at the Catonsville United Methodist Church.

He started to work for Social Security in Philadelphia in 1949. Before that, he worked for the Veterans Administration in Philadelphia.

Born in and educated in Scranton, Pa., he served in the Army in Europe during World War II.

Later, he attended Western Maryland College.

He is survived by his wife, the former Parvis Robinson; a son, Julian R. Lesh of Ellicott City; a brother, George B. Lesh of Walkersville; and two grandchildren.


Crecy E. Thomas

Retired nurse

Services for Crecy E. Thomas, a retired practical nurse, will be held at 7.30 p.m. today at the Pentecost Baptist Church, 1615 Poplar Grove St.

Mrs. Thomas, who was 61 and lived on Pimlico Road, died Monday of cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

She retired in 1979 after working for nearly 15 years at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. She earlier had worked elsewhere in Baltimore and in Chester, Pa., both as a private duty nurse and in nursing homes.

Born in Scotland Neck, N.C., the former Crecy E. Moore attended schools there before moving to Chester as a young woman and then to Baltimore nearly 30 years ago.

Mrs. Thomas sang with the Voices of Pentecost, the choir at the Pentecost Baptist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Darcel Thomas and Corrine Smith, both of Baltimore, and Louise Campbell, of Crum Lynne, Pa; a son, Estee Thomas Jr. of Baltimore; three sisters, Margaret Tillery, of Baltimore, Vertis Pope of Richmond and Mary E. Hardy of Toledo, Ohio; four brothers, David W. and Oliver N. Moore, both of Baltimore, Joe M. Moore of Petersburg, Va., and Joseph Moore of Newark, N.J.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


Alma L. Stewart

Educator, golfer

Alma L. Stewart, a retired vice principal of the Hilton Elementary School and a championship golfer, died Saturday at Sinai Hospital of a heart ailment. She was 79.

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