E. J. Fitzsimmons Jr.
Bank vice president
Edwin J. Fitzsimmons Jr., 62, a retired Union Trust Co. vice president, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Mr. Fitzsimmons began his banking career in 1955 as a trust administrator for Union Trust Co., where he worked until 1960. From 1960 to 1968, he worked as an auditor for Kennecott Copper in Solley.
Mr. Fitzsimmons was then asked to return to Union Trust, where he resumed his duties as a trust administrator, and in 1973 was named vice president of the trust department. He retired in 1988.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Fitzsimmons grew up in Pimlico and was a 1947 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School. In 1960, he received a bachelor's degree in business from Loyola College.
He was in the Army from 1951 to 1955, serving as finance officer at Fort Holabird during the Korean conflict. He remained in the Army Reserve until 1972, when he retired as a major.
Mr. Fitzsimmons, who lived in Towson for 39 years, was a past president of the Paint and Powder Club charitable group, the Trust Association of Maryland and the Loyola High School Fathers Club. He was also a former member of the board of advisers of Villa Julie College, a board member of the Vagabond Theater in Fells Point, the treasurer of the Towson Elks Club and a member of the Towson chapter of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Marianita Deal; four sons, Michael G., Thomas D., Timothy J. and Edwin Joseph Fitzsimmons III, all of Towson; a brother, Charles Fitzsimmons of Towson; two sisters, Geraldine Hart of Towson and Eileen Batten of Gaithersburg; and two granddaughters.
Services for Mr. Fitzsimmons will be held at 11:15 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Joppa Road at Bosley Avenue, Towson.
The family suggests contributions to the Jesuit's Residence Fund, in care of Father McGuire, Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210.
Robert Davidson Jr.
Retired NASA engineer
Robert J. Davidson Jr., who retired in 1980 as an engineer at the Goddard Space Flight Center, died June 26 of heart failure at a hospital in Ormond Beach, Fla.
Graveside services for Mr. Davidson, who was 67, were conducted July 6 at a veterans cemetery in Wrightstown, N.J. He had moved from Cinnaminson, N.J., to Ormond Beach three months ago.
He had lived in Bowie from 1971 until his retirement from the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
He was with NASA since the late 1950s and earlier worked as an electrical engineer for the Navy at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
At NASA, he worked on several projects, including compact microwave ovens for use in space, cameras for weather satellites and VCRs for use in spacecraft.
After his retirement, he worked as a consultant to space contractors and others and as a quality control manager for a New Jersey manufacturing company until his final retirement in 1988.
Born in Allentown, Pa., he served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and then earned his electrical engineering degree in 1949 at the Pennsylvania Military College.
He later earned a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his wife, the former Mary B. True; three sons, Robert J. Davidson III of Baltimore, Michael Jeffrey Davidson of Bowie and Mark Stephen Davidson of Laurel; two daughters, Terry Erter of Odenton and Marybeth Puckett of Ormond Beach; two stepsons, Larry True of Palmyra, N.J., and Joseph True of White Marsh; and five grandchildren.
Dorothy E. Atkins
High school teacher
Dorothy Eaton Atkins, a retired teacher and 45-year resident of Baltimore, died Thursday at her home in Bolton Hill as the result of a heart ailment. She was 87.
Services for her will be held at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2604 Banister Road.
Mrs. Atkins taught social studies and English at the former Sollers Point High School for 16 years and Deep Creek Junior High School for three years before retiring in 1967.
Mrs. Atkins was born in Morristown, N.J., and attended schools there. She graduated with honors in 1933 from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.
Mrs. Atkins served on the Deacons Board of Grace Presbyterian Church, where she had been a member since 1947. From 1970 to 1975, she served as the first woman member of the board of trustees of Johnson C. Smith University.
She was the founder of the Daytimers, a social organization for retired people, and was a member of the Morgan Wives, the Johnson C. Smith Alumni Association, and Les Huit Femmes, a group of her fellow Sollers Point teachers. She was also a Golden Light Member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
Mrs. Atkins is survived by a son, Marshall F. Atkins of Singapore; a daughter, Sylvia A. Wilson of Columbia; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association, 415 N. Charles St., Baltimore, 21202.
Jack E. Caplan, 73
Owned Caplan Grocery