December 21, 1992

Donald J. Roop

Retired health official

Dr. Donald J. Roop, retired director of the Baltimore County health department, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at his home in Towson. He was 76.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Washington.

Dr. Roop was a graduate of Western Maryland College and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He served his internship and residency at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore. He earned a degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, and a degree in tropical medicine through Walter Reed Hospital in Washington.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1943 to 1946. He later practiced medicine in Frederick County with his father, Dr. Ernest P. Roop, and served as health officer for Frederick County.

He moved to Baltimore County in 1948 and served as the county's assistant health officer from 1948 to 1951.

He was the regional medical director for Humble Oil for 15 years, from 1951 to 1966.

In 1967, he was named county health officer and directed the local health department until his retirement 20 years later.

During his tenure, he developed health programs for the elderly, began an industrial health service for county employees and instituted clinical services for the mentally ill. In 1963, he was named Physician of the Year in Baltimore County.

Dr. Roop was a member of many professional associations. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, past president of the Baltimore County Medical Association, former first vice president of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and past president of the Conference of Local Health Officers. He also served on the staff of Mercy and St. Joseph hospitals.

An avid golfer, Dr. Roop was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and the Seaview Country Club in New Jersey.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Patricia Roche; two sons, Donald J. Roop Jr. of Williamsburg, Va., and Robert G. Roop of Bethesda; two sisters, Margaret Wright of Exton, Pa., and Dorothy Harrison of Owings Mills; and five grandchildren.

Charles Odell Passapae, a retired Naval Reserve commander and National Security Agency employee, died Friday of heart failure in Pinehurst, N.C. He was 79.

Services for the Baltimore native were to be held at 9 a.m. today at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines, N.C.

Born in 1913, Mr. Passapae was reared in Bolton Hill and later lived in Catonsville with his wife, the former Helen Belt Giddings. The couple were married in 1940 in Baltimore.

The son of William Monroe Passapae and Cornelia Mifflin, Mr. Passapae was a 1933 graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and a 1940 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law.

He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve in April 1931 and workefor the NSA in Washington and on its Navy desk at Fort Meade.

He retired in 1973 with the rank of commander. In 1978, he and his wife moved to Pinehurst.

Mr. Passapae was a member of the Society of the Sons of the Revolution and the Society of Colonial Wars.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Passapae Huff, and a grandson, both of Pinehurst.

Stuart W. Vance Sr.

Xerox technician

Stuart Wayne Vance Sr., a specialist technician for Xerox Corp. for 25 years, died Thursday of heart failure while working in Annapolis. He was 53.

Services for Mr. Vance were to be held at 2 p.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave., S.W., Glen Burnie.

Mr. Vance, who was born in Baltimore, was a 1957 graduate of Glen Burnie Senior High School.

He was a member of Ferndale United Methodist Church and had been active in the Linthicum-Ferndale Youth Association for the past 21 years, serving as its president in 1982. He also served as vice president of the youth association's baseball and basketball groups at various times.

He enjoyed golf, oil painting and many sports. Over the years, he coached youth softball, baseball and basketball teams.

He took up oil painting about five or six years ago, winning awards for some of his works. Many of his paintings appeared in local art shows.

He and the former Betty Elaine Whiteford were married in 1959 at the Ferndale church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Stuart Wayne Vance Jr. of Linthicum, Michael Wayne Vance of Reston, Va., and Glenn Kenneth Vance of Ferndale; a daughter, Lisa Elaine Haley of Ferndale; a brother, Dennis Robert Vance of Brooklyn Park; two sisters, Karen Nicewarner of Federalsburg and Barbara Allers of Ferndale; and a grandson.

Isabelle Deaton

Active in church

Isabelle Blanche Deaton, widow of a former Baltimore Lutheran minister, died of kidney failure Thursday at the Hillcrest Convalescent Center in Durham, N.C. She was 91.

Services were to be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Durham.

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