James W. Duke, owned Worthington Valley clubJames W. Duke...


November 25, 1992

James W. Duke, owned Worthington Valley club

James W. Duke, who owned the Worthington Valley Country Club in Owings Mills and was its golf professional, died Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital of complications after surgery. He was 77.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.

Mr. Duke lived at the golf course on Greenspring Avenue. He opened it with nine holes in 1954 as the Dover Downs Golf Course and later changed its name to Dover Brook. He expanded it to 18 holes with a clubhouse in a converted barn and took the Worthington Valley name about 25 years ago. It remained open to the public, rather than just to members, throughout.

Earlier, for about 10 years, he was the professional at the Bonnie View Golf Club, which he and his wife managed for a time.

Tournaments that he won included the 1979 Middle Atlantic Professional Golfers Association Senior-Junior Tournament.

Born in Baltimore, he grew up here and in Hamlet, N.C.

He was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute.

His introduction to golf was as a child with his grandparents playing at Pinehurst, N.C. He soon began working at the Country Club of Maryland, tending horses that were used in the construction of the course and then as a caddy and in the pro shop.

In the early 1940s, he became the pro at Forest Greens. When it was taken over for expansion of Aberdeen Proving Ground, he became associated with Bonnie View.

He was an accomplished gardener, raising fruit trees, vegetables and flowers and landscaping his golf course.

Mr. Duke enjoyed carving small birds and animals, and he painted in oils, specializing in landscapes and portraits.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy M. Chenowith; a daughter, Carol Isaac of Upperco; a sister, Anna Carrigan of the Hillendale area; two brothers, John C. Duke Sr. of Owings Mills and Edgar C. Duke of Melbourne, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Milton B. Levin

Men's clothier

Milton B. Levin, who owned a men's clothing store in New York City before retiring and moving to Long Branch, N.J., 15 years ago, died Saturday of cancer at a hospital there.

Mr. Levin was 79.

Born in Newark, N.J., he served in the Army during World War II.

He was a member of B'nai B'rith and a former member of the board of the Monmouth Medical Center.

He did volunteer work at the medical center and at hospitals in the Miami area while living in Miami Beach in the winter.

He is survived by his wife, the former Esther Cooper; two sons, Ira C. Cooke of Baltimore and Brian J. Cooke of Palm Beach, Fla.; a sister, Ruth Reger of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday at Temple Beth Miriam in Elberon, N.J., where he was a member.

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