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December 11, 1992

Frances Sherwood


Frances Wellington Sherwood, a supporter of halting development in the Cromwell Valley in Baltimore County, died Monday of a respiratory illness at Sherwood Farm on Cromwell Bridge Road.

A memorial service for the 93-year-old Loch Raven resident was to be conducted at 5 p.m. today at the Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1316 Park Ave., Baltimore.

In 1990, she gave a conservation easement on the farm of about 120 acres to the Maryland Environmental Trust, requiring that the property be kept permanently as a farm. It is next to the Merrick property, which was to be bought by the county and state for parkland, a proposal that is now on hold.

The former Frances Wellington was reared in Baltimore and attended the Friends School and Swarthmore College.

Mrs. Sherwood's husband of 67 years, Donald H. Sherwood, who served as president of the Ellicott Machine Corp., died in 1989.

They were ardent fly fishermen and their trips to trout and salmon rivers around the world were told in a book he wrote, "Fishing Years." In later years, they divided their time between the farm and a winter home in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Mrs. Sherwood was a member of the Elkridge Club, the Mount Vernon Club and other groups.

She is survived by two sons, Donald H. Sherwood Jr. of Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Arthur W. Sherwood of Baltimore; a daughter, Frances Wellington Stevenson of Los Altos Hills, Calif.; three grand- children; and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions could be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Robert J. Patrick Jr.

Ex-Treasury official

Robert J. Patrick Jr., an international tax lawyer and a former official of the U.S. Treasury Department, died Friday at his home in Bethesda at age 58.

He died of melanoma, said a spokesman for Price Waterhouse, the accounting firm for which Mr. Patrick was director of international tax law at its Washington office.

Mr. Patrick, who also had a home in Garrett Park, served at Treasury from 1969 to 1976, and was international tax counsel and director of the Office of International Tax Affairs. He won an agency award for exceptional service.

He also had been senior tax counsel at the Exxon Corp.; a partner in the law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington; and associate with the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in its Manhattan and Paris offices.

Mr. Patrick was the chairman of the international tax policy task force for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and vice chairman of the tax committee of the Council for International Business. He also served with the International Fiscal Association and the American Law Institute.

Born in San Francisco, Mr. Patrick grew up there and in Denver. He was a graduate of Stanford University and its law school and also had a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

Surviving are his wife of more than 30 years, the former Janet Cline of Bethesda; three sons, John M. Patrick of Saints, France; Stewart M. Patrick of Garrett Park and William R. Patrick of Portland, Ore.; and one grandchild.

A memorial service for Mr. Patrick will be conducted at 4 p.m. Dec. 17 in the chapel of St. Albans School in Washington.

Ernest 'Babe' Phelps

Major league catcher

Ernest Gordon "Babe" Phelps, who was a major league catcher for 11 seasons, died yesterday at his home in Odenton after a yearlong bout with cancer.

A funeral service for Mr. Phelps, who was 84, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Nichols Bethel United Methodist Church on Route 175 in Odenton. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Mr. Phelps was born and reared in Odenton. He lived across the street from the house he grew up in.

He caught 11 seasons in the major leagues and had a .310 career batting average. He played for the Washington Senators, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

An imposing 6-foot-4, 225-pound, lefthand-hitting catcher who got his nickname from his resemblance to Babe Ruth, Mr. Phelps hit .367, finishing second to National League batting champion, Paul Waner of the Pirates, who hit .373.

He retired from baseball in 1942 and became a train dispatcher for a year at Fort Meade, handling troop movements at one of the country's busiest induction centers. After that he worked for a plastics manufacturer, retiring in the early 1970s.

In February 1985, he was inducted into the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame. He was later inducted into the Brooklyn Dodgers hall of fame. Last year he among the five inaugural inductees of the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame.

Mabel, his wife of 62 years, was at his bedside when he died.

He is also survived by a daughter, Janet Engler of Millersville; two sisters, Ellen McCreary of Odenton and Grace Knight of Severn; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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