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December 27, 1992

Dean Abbott

Police detective

Baltimore Police Detective Dean Abbott, an 11-year veteran of the force, died of cancer Thursday at his Baltimore home. He was 36.

During his 11 years on the force, Detective Abbott spent two years in the Youth Section's Child Abuse Unit and three years in the D.A.R.E. program, which educates and counsels children on how to resist the drug culture. He received a unit citation for his work in the program.

He received letters from the State's Attorney office and Police Commissioner Edward Tilghman commending him for his investigation of a child abuse case.

He also worked five years as a police officer in the Northern District, 3 1/2 years in its investigative unit.

He also received the Police Department's Bronze Star.

A native of Baltimore, he graduated from Northern High School in 1974 and attended Loyola College for two years.

A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615 Harford Road. A police burial will follow at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Cockeysville.

Detective Abbott is survived by his mother, Shirley Streb Abbott of Baltimore; a grandfather, Frederick P. Streb of Millers Island; two brothers, Dennis and David Abbott of Baltimore, and a sister, Sherie Harrison of Perry Hall.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, Parkville, Md. 21236.

Oscar Isaac Zerwitz

Realty company owner

Oscar Isaac Zerwitz, owner and president of O. I. Zee Realty in Pikesville, died yesterday of Lou Gehrig's disease at Meridian Nursing Center-Multi-Medical in Towson. He was 75.

Mr. Zerwitz founded his company 41 years ago, closing it whehe retired in 1985. During the 1970s and early 1980s, he was a member of the board of directors of the Governor's Landlord-Tenant Law Commission. He also served on the Apartment House Builders Owners and Agents Council, the Mayor's Advisory Committee on City Tenant Public Relations and on then-Housing Commissioner Robert C. Embry Jr.'s Lead Paint Prevention Committee.

A life member of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla No. 17, Mr. Zerwitz also was an active member of the Centre Lodge No. 101 A.F. & A.M., the Golden Eagle Square & Compass Club and Yedz Grotto. He also also was a member of the B'nai B'rith, Nathan Hackerman Lodge, and the Zionist Organization of America.

He belonged to the Suburban Orthodox Congregation in Pikesville, served on its board of directors and himself arranged for the design and contribution of 12 stained glass windows for the sanctuary. Each window represents one of the 12 tribes of Israel.

A funeral was scheduled for 3 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road. Memorial services will be held morning and evening during the Shiva mourning period at the Suburban Orthodox Congregation, 7504 Seven Mile Lane in Pikesville.

Mr. Zerwitz is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marion Hochberg Zerwitz; two brothers, Sidney and Irvin Zerwitz, both of Baltimore; a son, Fred Zerwitz of Baltimore; two daughters, Leslie Goldvarg of Baltimore and Barbara Robinson of Coconut Creek, Fla., and eight grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Jewish National Fund, 4 Reservoir Circle, Pikesville, Md. 21208, for planting trees in the Oscar and Marion Zerwitz Garden in Israel.


James E. Hooper

Head of family business

James E. Hooper, retired president of William E. Hooper & Sons, died Thursday of a heart attack at his Owings Mills home. He was 72.

For 43 years, Mr. Hooper worked for the family company, which manufactured textiles products and was established in 1800 along the Jones Falls. The company was sold about three years ago.

Mr. Hooper served on the Valleys Planning Council, an organization promoting good planning practices and the preservation of open space in Baltimore County. He was a member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland.

Born in Baltimore, he graduated from Kent School, a New England boarding school, in 1938. He was a member of the class of 1942 of Princeton University.

During World War II, he served as a Navy engineering officer aboard the destroyer USS Wainwright.

Mr. Hooper's wife of more than 40 years, the former Frances Connell, died 1 1/2 years ago.

Services for Mr. Hooper will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church on St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills.

tTC Mr. Hooper is survived by two sons, James E. Hooper III of Boston and Philip M. Hooper of Philadelphia; a brother, Lawrence L. Hooper of Bethesda and Nokomis, Fla., and five grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Thomas' Church or Valleys Planning Council Inc., 212 Washington Ave., P.O. Box 5402, Towson, Md. 21285-5402.


B. Dorsey Boyle

Coca-Cola manager

B. Dorsey Boyle, retired Mid-Atlantic regional manager of the Coca-Cola Co., died Friday of cancer at his daughter's home in Morristown, N.J. He was 87.

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