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September 30, 1992

Simon R. Ruderman

Aberdeen official

Simon R. Ruderman, director of planning and community development in Aberdeen, died last Thursday of liver cancer at the Hospice of Washington. He was 46.

Services for Mr. Ruderman were scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Stanetsky's Memorial Chapel in Brookline, Mass. Friends and colleagues are planning a local service Oct. 13.

Mr. Ruderman, who also served as president of the Maryland Downtown Development Association, had been on leave from his job for medical treatment since mid-July. He came to Maryland in 1984 as a graduate fellow at the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs at College Park, where he received a master's degree in public administration.

Mr. Ruderman became an urban planner for the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland in 1986, developing plans for the towns of La Plata, Indian Head and Leonardtown. He also worked on the master plan for the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area.

He began his job in Aberdeen in 1989 and was reappointed to the post earlier this year.

As president of the development association, Mr. Ruderman worked with urban planners and city managers to save and revitalize the commercial centers of Maryland's cities and towns.

Earlier this month, Gov. William Donald Schaefer awarded Mr. Ruderman the state's "Salute to Excellence" for his "dedicated service, leadership and vision with the city of Aberdeen" in urban revitalization and his "impressive commitment to the people of Maryland."

He began his career in urban planning with the New York area office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Development in 1970. Two years later, he joined the Metro-Dade County (Fla.) Planning Department, where he worked for 10 years.

A native of Newton, Mass., Mr. Ruderman received a bachelor's degree in international relations from Clark University, Worcester, Mass., in 1964. He earned a master's degree in city and regional planning from Rutgers University in 1970.

Mr. Ruderman is survived by his parents, Jack and Jeannette Ruderman of Hollywood, Fla.

John W. Gibson Sr.

Bank chairman emeritus

John W. Gibson, Sr., chairman emeritus of the board of the Queenstown Bank, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Queenstown in Queen Anne's County.

Services for Mr. Gibson, who was 82, were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Tom Helfenbein Funeral Home in Chester.

Named to the bank board in 1950, he served as its chairman from 1960 until he was made chairman emeritus at the beginning of this year.

A native of Kent Island, he was a graduate of the Centreville High School and, in 1931, of Wesley College in Dover, Del.

From the 1930s until 1958, he was a partner in Jump Hardware, with stores in Queen Anne and Centreville. Then, until his retirement in the mid-1980s, he sold cars for W. E. Denny and Son in Stevensville.

He was alumni-fund chairman for his college class for many years, as well as a former president of the Queenstown Lions Club. He also belonged to the Queen-Anne-Hillsboro and the Kent Island Lions clubs and was a deputy district governor for Lions Clubs International.

Mr. Gibson, who was known as Jack, also helped to start the Queen Anne Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Company and was a member of the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Company.

His wife of 45 years, the former Dora Elizabeth Sewell, died in 1983.

He is survived by a son, John W. "Jay" Gibson Jr. of Chester; a brother, M. T. Gibson of Stevensville; two sisters, Elizabeth Tolson of Stevensville and Ida Denny of Chester; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions could be made to the Queen Anne County Hospice.

Angelo M. Brinker

Railroad executive

Angelo M. Brinker, retired northwest regional sales manager for what was then the Chesapeake & Ohio-Baltimore & Ohio railroads, died Sunday at a Washington hospital of complications after surgery.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Brinker, who was 87 and lived in Washington, was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church, there.

He retired in 1970 in Chicago after a 51-year career with the B&O.

Starting off in yard operations in his native Cumberland, he then was sent to Washington, where he became general freight agent. His final assignment as regional manager took him to Chicago in 1962.

He was a graduate of Columbus University School of Law, now the Catholic University law school.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Dorothy Froelke; two sons, John F. and Thomas E. Brinker, both of Ellicott City; a daughter, Mary Ann Miehle of Warminster, Pa.; a sister, Alice Carper of Catonsville; and 16 grandchildren.

Terry Mohr Cornelius

Ellicott City resident

Terry Mohr Cornelius of Ellicott City died Sunday of cancer at St. Agnes Hospital.

Services for the 46-year-old Still Leaf Lane resident were scheduled for 11 a.m. today at St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road in Ellicott City.

The former Terry Mohr was born in Baltimore and a graduate of the Catonsville High School.

She is survived by her husband, James H. Cornelius; a son, Jeffrey J. Cornelius of Ellicott City; a daughter, Jennifer S. Cornelius of Ellicott City; her mother, Dorothy Mohr of Ellicott City; and a sister, Susan Sherman of Catonsville.

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