Services for Louis Rachanow, a teacher and supervisor in Baltimore's public schools for nearly four decades and a 3,000-hour volunteer at Baltimore County General Hospital, were held yesterday at the Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral home.
Mr. Rachanow, who was 78 and lived in Pikesville at the Brittany Apartments, died of heart failure Saturday at Baltimore County General. He retired from the school system in 1974 as a supervisor of special education.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Rachanow graduated from City College in 1931 and recently attended his 61st anniversary high school reunion. He received his teaching degree in 1934 from what is now Towson State University and later earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland.
His 39-year career in the public schools included teaching positions at David E. Weglein Elementary on South Central Avenue, George Washington Elementary on Scott Street and, for more than 20 years, Samuel F. B. Morse Elementary School on South Pulaski Street.
After his retirement, Mr. Rachanow administered high school equivalency exams for eight years for the state Department of Education at government facilities that included prisons.
He also taught bar mitzvah lessons to dozens of youngsters. His last pupil, about two years ago, was a blind student.
Mr. Rachanow was a hospital volunteer for 15 years, with more than 3,000 hours of service in the patient representative office at Baltimore County General.
He also was a member of the Civitan Club in Baltimore during his teaching career, a member of the Radomer Verein Jewish fraternal organization.
Mr. Rachanow was active for 32 years at Beth Israel Congregation, where he helped conduct portions of Sabbath and holiday services.
He was married for 46 years to the former Lillyan Binstock, who died in 1983. Two years later, Mr. Rachanow married her widowed sister, the former Esther Binstock Bernstein, who survives him.
Also surviving are a son, Gerald M. Rachanow, and daughter, Toby R. Hadaway, both of Randallstown; two stepsons, Barry Bernstein of Florence, S.C., and Harvey Bernstein of Reisterstown; and seven grandchildren.
The family suggested donations to Baltimore County General Hospital or the Maryland School for the Blind.
Retired state trooper
Services for Raymond W. "Andy" Andrews, a retired Maryland State Police investigator, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home in Winfield.
Mr. Andrews died Saturday of cancer at his home. He was 63.
Before retiring in 1978 with the rank of sergeant, Mr. Andrews worked 26 years for the Maryland State Police, initially as a trooper in the motorcycle traffic division. He was later promoted to criminal investigations.
He graduated in 1952 from the Maryland State Police Academy and in 1972 from the Harvard Associates Seminar in Homicide Investigation of the Maryland Medical-Legal Foundation of Baltimore.
Mr. Andrews, a Baltimore native, enlisted in the Army during World War II and served with occupation forces in Japan after the war ended.
He was a member of the Maryland State Police Alumni Association, the Locust Grove Brethren Church in Mount Airy and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9952 in Sykesville.
Mr. Andrews was a student of the Civil War and belonged to the North-South Skirmishers Association. He participated in encampments and mock battles at Gettysburg and Fort Shenandoah, Va.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Shirley Sapp; a daughter, Diane Blizzard of Sykesville; a son, Daniel P. Andrews of Westminster; a sister, Virginia Quadrine of Hendersonville, N.C.; a brother, Herbert G. Andrews of Garden City, S.C.; and four grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert C. Hopkins, an electrical engineering technician for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. who also was a tour guide on the submarine Torsk, will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Church, 8420 Belair Road, Fullerton.
Mr. Hopkins, who was 66 years old, died of cancer Sunday at his home in Perry Hall.
Born in Baltimore June 26, 1925, Mr. Hopkins was the son of Mamie and David Clarence Hopkins.
He was a graduate of City College and a member of the Bliss Electrical Society of Montgomery College in Silver Spring. At 17, he joined the Navy and served on a submarine in the Pacific.
For 40 years, until his retirement in 1989, Mr. Hopkins was an electrical engineering technician in the Relay Department of the BG&E.
He served as a tour guide on the Torsk and did volunteer work on the restoration of the Liberty Ship John W. Brown. He was past commander of the Baltimore chapter of the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II.
Mr. Hopkins was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Fullerton and treasurer of St. Michaels' Church Holy Name Society in Overlea.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Doris M. Puls; three daughters, Joyce M. Turner and Mary K. Finn, both of Perry Hall, and Lois A. Belbot of Kingsville; a sister, Maude Schley of Parkville; and five grandchildren.