Frank E. WalkerInsurance managerFrank Edward Walker, an...


March 28, 1993

Frank E. Walker

Insurance manager

Frank Edward Walker, an insurance man for 40 years, died March 2 at Liberty Medical Center after an abdominal blood vessel ruptured. He was 83.

Employed by Mutual Life Insurance Co., Mr. Walker held successive assignments in Fitzgerald, Ga.; Nashville; Pittsburgh; and Baltimore, where he was district manager.

His four decades of service ended when he retired in 1972.

In addition to his insurance work, Mr. Walker led an active community life.

He was a trustee of Grace Presbyterian Church and a director of Provident Hospital, where he helped build the new facility, now Liberty Medical Center on Liberty Heights Avenue.

He served on the boards of the Urban League, CEBO and the Frontiers Club International, while maintaining an active membership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Mr. Walker also was a charter member of the Daytimers Club, which he served for many years as treasurer and contract bridge instructor.

He also was active in the local affairs of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, and served as president of the Baltimore graduate chapter, Delta Lambda.

The Burke County, Ga., native lived on Dorchester Road in the Ashburton area.

He lost his right arm in a hunting accident at age 13. Although right-handed, he taught himself to write with his left hand.

Mr. Walker attended the Boggs Academy, a private Presbyterian high school, graduating in 1928 as class valedictorian. He graduated with honors from Johnson C. Smith University in 1932 and did additional study at the Kent School of Law, the University of Pittsburgh and the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1934, he and the former Rubye Louise Sampson were married in Nashville, Tenn.

Mr. Walker is survived by his wife; a daughter, Norma Grace Walker Scott; three brothers, Albert Walker, Phinazee Walker and William Walker; a foster sister, Lula W. Slaughter; and a grandson.

Services were conducted March 6 at the Grace Presbyterian Church.


Jessie Williams

Cemetery caretaker

Jessie Williams, retired caretaker at Arbutus Memorial Cemetery and a former North Carolina farmer, died Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications following surgery. He was 79.

Before moving to Baltimore in 1958, Mr. Williams operated a farm with his wife, Elnora, in Littleton, N.C., where they raised cotton, corn, peanuts and tobacco. Mrs. Williams died in 1972.

In Baltimore, he lived on East Oliver Street.

He retired from his job at the Arbutus cemetery in 1983.

Mr. Williams worshiped at Southern Baptist Church on Chester Street and was a Mason. He enjoyed fishing in the Baltimore area.

Mr. Williams is survived by three daughters, Emma Johnson, Louise Williams and Nettie Bensen, all of Baltimore; six sons, Lemuel Williams, Jessie Williams Jr., Wilburt Williams, Matthew Williams, Dee Williams and Mack Williams, all of Baltimore; and 30 grandchildren.

A wake has been scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today at March Funeral Home, 1101 E. North Ave. Services were scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Lee's Chapel Baptist Church in Littleton.

Carol Wolf Thomsen

Civic leader, traveler

Carol Wolf Thomsen, a leader in many civic and community organizations, world traveler and widow of a prominent federal judge, died of pneumonia Thursday at her Roland Park home. She was 89.

She and Roszel C. Thomsen, who was the country's longest-serving U.S. District judge, were married 63 years. Judge Thomsen died last year.

Mrs. Thomsen had been president of the Goucher College Alumnae Association and the Women's Society of Grace United Methodist Church.

She was a founding member of the Cliff Dwellers Garden Club and was for many years a district judge for the Federated Garden Clubs.

At various times, she was an officer of the YWCA, the Flag House, the Women's Civic League and the Women's Club of Roland Park. She belonged to several book clubs and the Friends of the Goucher Library.

One of Mrs. Thomsen's favorite activities was travel. She crossed the Atlantic Ocean 22 times by ship and was a member for more than 50 years of the Travel Club, which chose a country or geographical phenomenon to visit each year and heard papers from members after the trip on a particular subject.

The former Carol Griffing Wolf grew up in Roland Park and lived in Homeland most of her married life. She attended the Bryn Mawr School and graduated from Friends School and Goucher College.

Mrs. Thomsen is survived by two daughters, Grace Thomsen Babcock of Fallston and Margaret Thomsen Moler of Baltimore; a son, George E. Thomsen of Baltimore; a brother, Stewart G. Wolf of Bangor, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Roszel C. Thomsen Lectureship Fund at Goucher College, Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, Md. 21204.


Hammond W. Rice

JHU safety director

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