John Charles FischerCasket distributorJohn Charles...


September 14, 1992

John Charles Fischer

Casket distributor

John Charles Fischer, a distribution manager for Warfield-Rohr Casket Co. Inc. for 40 years, died Wednesday of lung cancer. He was 55.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Jane Frances Dechantal Catholic Church in Riviera Beach, Anne Arundel County, where Mr. Fischer lived.

The job at Warfield-Rohr was the only one Mr. Fischer ever had. He started part time as a teen-ager and was a familiar name and voice to funeral directors all over the Baltimore area, said Thomas Skarda, owner of Skarda Funeral Home in Canton.

He grew up in Rosedale, Baltimore County, and attended area schools. He graduated second in a public relations course he took as an adult through the Carnegie-Mellon Institute.

As a youth, Mr. Fischer was a member of the Kenwood Drum and Bugle Corps, and continued to attend reunions.

His weekend passion was following the vintage model-car circuit, attending meetings and shows with friends, and building his own collection.

He is survived by his wife, Marsha Hunt Fischer; two sons, John C. Fischer Jr. of Marietta, Ga., and Paul Fischer of Riviera Beach; a daughter, Michelle Smith of Dallastown, Pa.; two grandchildren; four brothers, Martin J. Fischer, Henry Fischer and William M. Fischer, all of Baltimore, and Frank Fischer of New Freedom, Pa.; and two sisters, Margaret Olver of York, Pa., and Helen Chlumsky of Baltimore.

Private funeral arrangements were handled by Skarda Funeral Home.

The family suggested that contributions be made to the American International Hospital, Shiloh Boulevard and Emmans Avenue, Zion, Ill. 60099.

Welby Carter Wood

Former Baltimorean

Welby Carter Wood, a former Baltimorean who had been in the real estate business in New York City for the past 20 years, died Sept. 4 after suffering a heart attack. He was 71.

A memorial service will be scheduled in New York. Mr. Wood was stricken while visiting friends in Southport, Conn., and died at Park City Hospital in Bridgeport.

Although a native of Philadelphia, Mr. Wood grew up in Baltimore, graduated from St. Paul's School in 1941 and entered the University of Maryland. He enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after Pearl Harbor and served as an orderly to Adm. William F. "Bull" Halsey at Noumea, New Caledonia.

After the war, he returned to Baltimore and began studying business at the Johns Hopkins University. While at Hopkins, he was active in the St. Elmo fraternity.

He began a career in advertising with the American Oil Co. in Baltimore and in 1950 joined the Joseph Katz Advertising Agency, also in the city.

He then moved to Chicago, where he worked for the D'Arcy Advertising Agency and later for the Phillips Petroleum Co.

After moving to New York in 1954, he continued his career with a number of advertising agencies.

In 1972, he went to work for the Manhattan real estate firm of Ashforth & Warburg, where he was employed at the time of his death.

Mr. Wood enjoyed traveling and collected sports art.

Survivors include three brothers, Peter Bryson Wood Jr. of Monkton, Malbon Richardson Wood of New Orleans and William Maxwell Wood of Washington; two nieces; and two grandnieces.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Salvation Army, Hurricane Andrew Relief, 120 W. 14th St., New York, N.Y. 10011.

Pauline Snyder Stow

Ex-McDonogh teacher

Pauline "Polly" Snyder Stow, a former teacher at the McDonogh School who was active in numerous groups in Washington, D.C., died of lung cancer at her home there Tuesday. She was 79.

Services were conducted in Washington on Friday.

Mrs. Stow had lived in Washington since 1944 with her husband of 52 years, Dr. M. Noel Stow, a retired ophthalmologist.

She taught math at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills from 1934 through 1942 and also was assistant to the head of McDonogh's lower school, as well as a riding instructor.

While teaching at McDonogh, Mrs. Stow spent summers as a counselor at Camp Red Wing for Girls on Lake Champlain in Plattsburg, N.Y.

Mrs. Stow graduated from Forest Park High School in Baltimore in 1930 and earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1934 from American University. She did graduate work in math at Bucknell University the following summer.

Old and new friends often gathered at her family's house in Randallstown on Dec. 26 and on other occasions for holiday parties. At the 1939 party, she met her husband, then a medical student at the Johns Hopkins University. They were married the next year.

They had two children, Joyce Pauline Stow of Potomac and Edward Noel Stow, who died in 1977.

In 1942, the Stows moved to New York City, where she was an assistant administrator of the blood bank at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center for two years.

Among her many activities, Mrs. Stow was a past president of the District of Columbia Medical Auxiliary and secretary-treasurer for 22 years of the Ophthalmic Research Foundation of Washington.

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