Margaret R. LarrabeeEnglish teacherMargaret R. Larrabee, a...


January 10, 1993

Margaret R. Larrabee

English teacher

Margaret R. Larrabee, a retired English teacher at Pimlico Junior High School, died Jan. 3 of heart failure at her home on Burntwoods Road in Glenwood.

Mrs. Larrabee, 86, retired nearly 25 years ago after teaching at Pimlico for 15 years. Before coming to the Baltimore area in 1950, she taught in Trenton, N.J.

The former Margaret Richardson was a native of Trenton and a graduate of Hood College in Frederick. She was a member of the square dance group at the Catonsville Senior Center.

Her husband, Robert A. Larrabee died in 1968, and a son, Robert Larrabee, and a daughter, Christine Larrabee, were killed in a 1953 automobile accident.

Services for Mrs. Larrabee will be conducted at 3 p.m. today at the Glenelg United Methodist Church, 13900 Burntwoods Road, Glenelg.

L She is survived by a daughter, Eleanor Larrabee of Glenwood.

Frank Solomon

Took up law at 64

Frank Solomon, who became a lawyer after operating a small chain of men's clothing stores for 30 years, died Thursday at Washington Hospital Center of a heart attack.

Services for Mr. Solomon, who was 74, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Following in a business in which his father had worked, Mr.

Solomon established in the 1950s a men's clothing business, Frank's Menswear, which came to include stores in Essex, Lansdowne and Perry Hall.

At age 64, after 30 years in the clothing business, he sold the stores and embarked on a second career as an attorney.

In 1983, he received a law degree from the University of Baltimore Law School and opened a private practice in Towson. He specialized in disability and unemployment compensation cases.

He also performed pro bono legal work for low-income people and helped others with consumer problems. His wife, a sign-language interpreter, would translate for his deaf clients.

Mr. Solomon, a Towson resident, had been long active with The Associated, an umbrella organization of local Jewish agencies, serving as a director of several of its activities.

He was a 50-year member of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and a regular contributor to many charities.

Mr. Solomon, who was born in Munhall, Pa., moved to Baltimore as a child and grew up in the Easterwood Park area of West Baltimore. His father established a men's clothing business on Baltimore Street.

He graduated from City College in 1935, then attended the Johns Hopkins University for a year before transferring to the University of Baltimore, from which he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1940.

As World War II began, he entered the Army as a private, serving in France and subsequently remaining in the Army reserve for 17 years, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Mr. Solomon is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Leah Toney of Baltimore; two daughters, Sue Seif of Richmond, Va., and Terry Langbaum of Lutherville; a son, Robert Solomon of Baltimore, a sister, Miriam Kolodner of Baltimore; and three granddaughters.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

F. W. Doolittle Jr.

Railroad counsel

Frederick W. Doolittle Jr., former general counsel of the Baltimore & Ohio and Chesapeake & Ohio railroads and the Chessie System in Baltimore, died of cancer Dec. 30 in Naples, Fla., where he had lived since 1978. He was 81.

The longtime resident of Ruxton was born in Madison, Wis. He graduated cum laude from Princeton in 1932 and the Harvard Law School in 1938. He was president of the Princeton Alumni Association of Maryland in 1957 and 1958.

Admitted to the New York City bar in 1936 and the Maryland bar in 1947, he was associated with the New York law firm of Larkin, Rathbone and Perry before joining the law department of the B&O in 1947.

Representing the B&O, C&O and subsidiaries during a succession of mergers, he became general counsel of the Chessie System in Baltimore in 1973. He was chief counsel for the owners of the railroads involved in the conversion of Washington's Union Station into the National Visitors Center.

Mr. Doolittle was a founding trustee of St. Paul's School for Girls in Brooklandville.

An avid stamp collector, he had been a member of the Baltimore Philatelic Society. He was a 10th-generation descendant of Carters and Doolittles who came to America from England in the 1640s, and was a member of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland.

At Mr. Doolittle's request, no funeral service is planned.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Jean Knolhoff; a son, Frederick W. Doolittle III of Clearwater, Fla.; and a grandson, Frederick Doolittle of Chapel Hill, N.C.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to Planned Parenthood or any charity.

Charles H. Pletcher

Was in Foreign Service

Services for Charles H. Pletcher, a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer and history teacher at the Gilman School, were held Monday at the Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore.

Mr. Pletcher died Dec. 14 at the Stella Maris Hospice after a long illness. He was 70.

Mr. Pletcher served 23 years as a Foreign Service officer for the U.S. State Department, filling posts in Italy, Taiwan, Botswana and Northern Rhodesia. After leaving the Foreign Service in 1972, he was a history instructor at the Gilman School, where he worked until last summer.

Mr. Pletcher was a first lieutenant in the Army during World War II.

He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's degree in international relations from the University of Chicago.

Mr. Pletcher is survived by Marilyn Pletcher, his wife of 37 years; four sons, John Pletcher of Bel Air, David Pletcher of York, Pa., and Michael Pletcher and Anthony Pletcher, both of Baltimore County; a brother, David Pletcher of Bloomington, Ind.; a sister, Ellen Marsden of Duluth, Minn.; and a grandson.

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