Steve RoxanisBethlehem Steel retireeSteve Roxanis, a...


September 09, 1992

Steve Roxanis

Bethlehem Steel retiree

Steve Roxanis, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. worker and a World War II veteran, died of cancer Friday at his home in Gardenville. He was 74.

The Liturgy for Mr. Roxanis will be said at noon today at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Maryland Avenue at Preston Street.

Born in McKeesport, Pa., he moved to Morgantown, W.Va., as a child and was educated there. He moved to Baltimore in the 1930s, working first in an uncle's restaurant then at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant.

He was drafted into the Army in September 1941 and participated in some of World War II's most historic engagements, including the Battle of Kasserine Pass in Tunisia and the D-Day Invasion. As a tank corporal, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was, according to his son, proud of having served with Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army.

Honorably discharged, he returned to Baltimore and to work at Sparrows Point. He retired in 1975.

In 1949, he married the former Despina Didris.

Besides his wife, survivors include his son, Dean Roxanis of Columbia; a sister, Mary Fragakis of Towson; two brothers, James Roxanis of Bowley's Quarters and John Roxanis of Rosedale; and twin grandsons.

Dr. David E. Wood


Former Baltimore pediatrician David E. Wood, who had been practicing in Honolulu in recent years, died Aug. 15 at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle of pneumonia after a three-year battle with bone marrow cancer.

A memorial service for the 61-year-old is at noon today at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N.

Charles St., Baltimore. A traditional Hawaiian memorial service was conducted Aug. 20 in Honolulu.

The Montgomery County native was a 1948 graduate of St. Albans School in Washington and a 1952 graduate of Harvard University.

He graduated from the Johns Hopkins medical school in 1955, and from 1958 to 1960 he served in the Army at Fort Riley, Kan., as a pediatrician.

Dr. Wood practiced pediatrics in Baltimore until moving to Hawaii in 1979, where he specialized in working with children who suffered from learning disabilities.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, the former Ellen Halstead; two sons, David E. Wood Jr. of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Thomas R. Wood of Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.; a daughter, Sarah E. Wood of Antioch, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions may be sent to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Foundation, 1124 Columbia St., Seattle, Wash. 98104.

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