Robert AlstonPublic works crew leaderRobert Alston, a crew...


January 28, 1993

Robert Alston

Public works crew leader

Robert Alston, a crew leader in the Baltimore Department of Public Works and a vice president of his union local, died Saturday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital after a heart attack.

The 55-year-old Homewood Avenue resident worked for the city for more than 30 years and was a vice president of Local 44 of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. In addition to representing his local in city and state AFL-CIO groups, he had been active in Democratic political campaigns.

He is survived by his wife, Eloise Alston; two sons, Darrell and Robert Alston Jr.; two daughters, Tamara Watson and Darlene Little; a brother, David Alston; two sisters, Christine Rogers and Delcena Jackson, and nine grandchildren. All are from Baltimore. Services for Earl D. Tart Jr., owner of a towing company in Edgewood, were to be conducted at 1 p.m. today at the Lassahn Funeral Home, 7401 Belair Road in Overlea.

Mr. Tart, 42, was killed Sunday when his farm tractor overturned on him at his home on Rock Run Place in Havre de Grace.

For 21 years, he had owned Tart's Towing. He also was active in the Towmen's Association of Maryland and was a supporter of its proposal for towing price regulations.

Born in Baltimore and reared in White Marsh, he was a 1968 graduate of the Perry Hall High School. Before going into the towing business, he worked as a crane operator at the Sparrows Point plant of the Bethlehem Steel Corp.

He was a former member of the Maryland Air National Guard.

Mr. Tart is survived by his wife, the former Patty G. Harron; three sons, Christopher, Matthew and Jonathan Tart, all of Havre de Grace; his parents, Lois and Earl D. Tart Sr. of White Marsh; and a sister, Cynthia Martin of Havre de Grace.

Dr. Jesse L. Wilkins

Annapolis surgeon

Dr. Jesse Lee Wilkins, who was a practicing surgeon in Annapolis for nearly 30 years, died Monday at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Dr. Wilkins, 75, practiced from 1951 until his retirement in 1980 and helped to establish a formal department of surgery at what is now the Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he also served as chief of surgery.

Born in Rehobeth on the Eastern Shore and reared in Pocomoke City, he was a graduate of the University of Maryland and, in 1940, of its medical school.

After a year of internship at Doctors Hospital in Washington, he joined the Army Medical Corps, later serving with the 29th Division when it landed in Normandy in World War II. After the war he did surgical residencies at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore and at Veterans Hospital in Huntington, W.Va.

He was a member of the Anne Arundel County Medical Society, the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and the American Medical Association. He also belonged to the Naval Academy Officers Club, Annapolis Rotary Club, Annapolis Yacht Club, Annapolitan Club and the Military Order of World Wars.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. tomorrow at St. Anne's Episcopal Church on Church Circle in Annapolis.

He is survived by his wife, the former Cornelia Wellham; a son, James W. Wilkins of Coconut Grove, Fla.; two daughters, Nancy W. Brown of Ruxton and Elizabeth Anne Wilkins of Denton; and four grandchildren.

Arthur Towson Jr.

Ran corporate farms

Arthur Lee Towson Jr., who managed corporate farms and worked for canning and equipment companies, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer at the Georgetown University Hospital in Washington.

Mr. Towson, 85, had lived on his family's farm in Smithsburg in Washington County and made a specialty of growing asparagus since his retirement in 1977.

From 1959 until 1977, he served as director of agricultural engineering for the Chisolm-Ryder Co., a Lewiston, N.Y., farm-and-food-processing equipment company. Also, for two years before that, he had served as director of raw product procurement for Coastal Foods in Cambridge, where he supervised vegetable purchasing for the canning company.

Before that, he managed farms for many years: from 1931 to 1936 at a penal farm in the Hagerstown area; from 1936 until 1940, the B. F. Shriver Co. in Westminster and from 1940 until 1948, a Glenn L. Martin Co. farm in the Chestertown area. During the later years of his work for what is now Martin-Marietta, he commuted by plane to the Eastern Shore farm. Then, from 1949 until 1957, he was production manager for Seabrook Farms in New Jersey.

The Smithsburg native was a graduate of St. James School in Hagerstown and of Cornell University, where he earned an agricultural degree and became a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Smithsburg.

His wife, the former Isabel Thro, died in 1991.

He is survived by two daughters, Barbara T. Patterson of Hinesburg, Vt., and Anne T. Wells of Catonsville; a son, Arthur L. Towson III of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Henrietta Murphy of Houston; a brother, Paulding Towson of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to St. Ann's Church, Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services or to Home Health Care of Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

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