Ernest V. Baugh Jr.Longtime 'Sun' writerErnest V. Baugh...


April 09, 1993

Ernest V. Baugh Jr.

Longtime 'Sun' writer

Ernest V. Baugh Jr., for 56 years a reporter, columnist and editorial writer for The Sun, died yesterday at St. Joseph Hospital of complications of heart disease. He was 93.

The range of his writing was extensive. His signed articles included analyses of judicial questions before the courts; critiques on Maryland demographics, the environment and transportation problems; and numerous accounts of city and state political developments, including a column called "Under the Dome" that detailed events at City Hall.

"Ernie Baugh was our in-house, institutional memory," said Joseph R. L. Sterne, editorial page editor. Mr. Baugh spent the major part of his career, from 1938 to 1980, as a member of the editorial board.

Though much of his work necessarily bore the anonymity of editorial writing, his face became familiar to Baltimoreans in the 1950s and 1960s when he analyzed the early returns of local and state elections for WMAR-TV.

Mr. Baugh helped to set up the system of obtaining results from 100 selected Baltimore precincts as the polls closed for use in the first edition of The Sun and on television.

He was also the first moderator of WMAR-TV's "Face-to-Face" television program, which gave political groups and individuals an opportunity to express their views.

To these tasks and other journalistic chores Mr. Baugh brought an innate affability and genuine kindness. On one occasion, while scrutinizing a proposed city budget, he spotted an inadvertent $500,000 error, which he quietly pointed out to a grateful budget director rather than making the mistake a cause celebre in the newspapers.

Mr. Baugh grew up in Walbrook, attended the Johns Hopkins University for one year, then studied law at the University of Maryland and was admitted to the bar.

In 1933, he married Lillian Hanlon, whose father, Ned Hanlon, was manager of the National League Baltimore Orioles in the 1890s and later president of the city's Park Board. Mrs. Baugh died in 1979.

Mr. Baugh "dabbled" in law, he once said, then turned to journalism. He worked for the old Baltimore News for 11 months before coming to The Sun in 1924.

He was first assigned to the police districts, covering the day's breaking crime news. In these tasks, he frequently demonstrated his skill as a reporter writing against a deadline.

He was an active environmentalist long before that endeavor became an organized national movement.

Motorists driving south on Ritchie Highway to Annapolis can see the exact point where Mr. Baugh found highway engineers removing all the trees from the median strip. He brought the tree-killing to public attention in time to save at least some of the trees from destruction at the southern end of the highway, which was completed in 1939.

Private services are planned.

He is survived by two daughters, Christina Baugh and Joel Myers; a son, Duke Baugh; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.

C. Herbert Baxley, a Baltimore native and a retired aviation fuel marketing executive for what is now Exxon International, died March 28 of complications after surgery at a hospital in Livingston, N.J.

The 95-year-old New Jersey resident retired in 1958 from whawas then the Esso Export Corp. in New York City after many years with that company and other petroleum businesses.

He was a graduate of City College and the Johns Hopkins University, where he was captain of the 1919 team that won the U.S. Inter-Collegiate Lacrosse League championship. The attack man scored 19 goals that season and went on to play for the Mount Washington Club.

An officer in the Army during World War I, he had a master's degree in engineering from the Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, N.Y., and taught mechanical engineering at the Pratt Institute for a short time.

A life member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers, he was licensed as a professional engineer in New York. In 1937, he represented the federal government and industry and professional groups at the Second World Petroleum Congress in Paris.

A member of the Sons of the American Revolution, he also had served as president of the board of the Baltimore General Dispensary Foundation, following his father and grandfather in that post.

Graveside services were to be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Druid Ridge Cemetery, Park Heights Avenue and Old Court Road, Pikesville.

Mr. Baxley's wife, the former Lelia Eareckson, died in 1990.

He is survived by a daughter, Alice Anthony of Livingston and two grandsons.

Robert E. Waggoner

Pipe-fitting foreman

Robert E. Waggoner, a retired pipe-fitting foreman for a mechanical contracting company, died Wednesday at Baltimore

County General Hospital of leukemia and asbestosis.

He was 80 and lived on Mindale Circle in Rockdale.

He retired in 1978 from the Lloyd E. Mitchell Co. where he had worked since the late 1940s.

During World War II, he became a pipe fitter at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point shipyard.

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