Rodney MoultonTailor, managerRodney Moulton, who was known...


January 01, 1993

Rodney Moulton

Tailor, manager

Rodney Moulton, who was known in his tailoring and theatrical managing businesses as Rodney RaAkbar, died Sunday after a heart attack at his home on North Gilmor Street. He was 48.

He began his tailoring business, which he called The Leaf, in the early 1970s and was still making suits at his home at his death.

He had also managed a magician, the Amazing Josini, and Grand Jury, a band he had organized.

Before going into business for himself, he had worked as a meter reader for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Carver Vocational Technical High School and attended Morgan State University.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Moulton is to be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Pius V Roman Catholic Church, Schroeder Street and Edmondson Avenue.

He is survived by his wife, the former Yvonne Brinkley; five daughters, Yvette, Rodnita, Arnita, Chanika and Lauroda; three sons, Gregory, Sean and Rodney Jr.; his mother, Dorothy Rankin; and two sisters, Beverly James and Diane Epps. All are of Baltimore. Benny Benjamin, a retired boxing trainer who worked with many world champions and contenders, died Monday of pneumonia at his home in Margate, Fla. He was 91.

Isadore Benjamin, who was born and reared in Baltimore, dropped out of elementary school about 1910. He began training boxers in the 1920s at Madame Bey's Gym in New York City. Later, he moved to the storied Stillman's Gym, also in New York.

Boxers he trained included heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey; Barney Ross, who won the welterweight title in 1934, lost it the same year and regained it in 1935; and Tony Galento, who was knocked out by Joe Louis in a 1939 title fight.

Baltimore boxers he trained included Red Burman, who also was floored by Joe Louis in a 1941 fight; Joe Dundee, who won the welterweight title in 1927, and his brother, Vince Dundee who became middleweight champion in 1933; and Harry Jeffra, who won the bantamweight title in 1937 and the featherweight championship in 1940.

He had also promoted fights in Baltimore at Carlin's Park and the Coliseum and in Washington and other cities.

He retired as a trainer in the early 1950s and was named to the Maryland Boxing Hall of Fame.

After his retirement, he operated Benjamin's Bar on West Fayette Street next to Ford's Theater. Though its decorations had a boxing theme, many of its patrons were theater-goers in the days before theaters set up bars in the lobby before the show and during intermission.

In 1964, he retired again when the theater and adjacent properties were torn down for the construction of a parking garage attached to the old May Company store. He moved to Florida in 1971 for health reasons.

A graveside service for Mr. Benjamin was conducted Wednesday at the Hebrew Friendship Cemetery, 3600 E. Baltimore St.

Survivors include his wife, the former Charlotte Crispen; a son, Charles S. Benjamin of Lutherville; a daughter, Jeanette Futrovsky of Gaithersburg; a sister, Rose Brown of Baltimore; two grandsons; and two granddaughters.

Carolyn Dudley

Nurse, volunteer

Carolyn Dudley, a retired nurse who was active in church and community affairs, died Wednesday of leukemia at Carroll County General Hospital.

She was 82 and had moved from Owings Mills to Westminster five years ago.

She retired about 20 years ago as night supervisor of nurses at Mount Wilson Hospital. She had earlier been a supervisor at the Rosewood Center, where she taught a course in practical nursing. Earlier in her career, she had done private-duty nursing and worked briefly as an industrial nurse.

The former Carolyn McBride Bethea was a native of Latta, S.C., and attended Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., before coming to Baltimore to attend the Johns Hopkins Hospital nursing school, from which she graduated in 1932.

After her retirement, she was president of the United Methodist Women at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and a member of the Board of Child Care of the Baltimore Conference of her denomination.

Before moving to Westminster and joining Salem United Methodist Church, she was a volunteer for the Baltimore County Public Library and for Meals on Wheels.

Her husband, Charles Bradford Dudley Jr., died in 1970.

Services for Mrs. Dudley are to be conducted at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Salem United Methodist Church, near Westminster.

She is survived by two daughters, Martha Katherine Dudley of Santa Fe, N.M., and Carolyn B. Krome of Westminster; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Board of Child Care, 3300 Gaither Road, Baltimore 21207, or to the Kelso Fund of Deer Park United Methodist Church, 6107 Deer Park Road, Reisterstown 21136.

Mae V. Keesecker

Minister's wife

Mae Virginia Keesecker, 99, who was active in church work as the wife of a United Methodist minister, died Monday of heart and respiratory failure at Broadmead, the Cockeysville retirement community where she lived for 12 years.

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