John G. Gloster Sr.Financial consultantJohn G. Gloster...


August 12, 1993

John G. Gloster Sr.

Financial consultant

John G. Gloster Sr., a native of Baltimore and a financial consultant in Washington to minority businesses, died Friday of cancer at the Washington Hospital Center. He was 65.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.

He graduated from Amherst College in 1948 and earned a master's degree in political science at Columbia University in 1949 and a master's in business administration at Harvard University in 1955.

He held teaching positions at Brooklyn College and at Coppin State College in 1950 and 1951.

After serving in the Army in the early 1950s, he managed a bank in Atlanta until 1958, when he returned to Baltimore as business manager and then assistant to the president of the then-Morgan State College until 1962.

He then entered the United States foreign service and was posted to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He returned to Washington in the mid-1960s and was deputy director of the Model Cities Program and director for economic development at the National Urban Coalition.

He was named the first president of the federally funded Opportunity Funding Corp., which he headed from 1970 until 1979. The agency helped new businesses serving African-American communities get started.

Since 1979, he worked for the District of Columbia government and was a consultant and a founder, owner and producer of "America's Black Forum," a syndicated television program.

He was also active with the Minority Contractors Assistance Project Loan Advisory Committee.

Memorial services for Mr. Gloster were to be conducted at 12:30 p.m. today at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church in Washington. Another memorial service is to be held at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Augustine Brown of Silver Spring; a daughter, Lori Gloster of Silver Spring; a son, John G. Gloster Jr. of Laurel; and two grandchildren.

Dr. E. H. Bergofsky

Lung disease expert

Dr. Edward Harold Bergofsky, a South Baltimore native who was an expert on lung diseases and a founding member of the Department of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, died of cancer after a brief illness Friday at New York University Hospital.

The 66-year-old Stony Brook resident was chief of pulmonary and critical-care medicine at Stony Brook and at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was appointed to both positions in 1974.

He was a graduate of City College, where he edited the school newspaper. In later life, he praised the school for starting his interest in poetry, music and writing. Dr. Bergofsky graduated in 1948 from the University of Maryland, where he also received his medical degree in 1952.

Before moving to Stony Brook in 1974, Dr. Bergofsky held teaching appointments at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York University School of Medicine, where he became a physiology professor in 1973.

Services were conducted Sunday at the I. J. Morris Funeral Home in Dix Hills, N.Y.

He is survived by his wife, the former Rebecca Esquenazi; and a daughter, Lucy Bergofsky of Setauket, N.Y.

Roy C. Smith

Worked at Beth Steel

Roy C. Smith, who worked for nearly 27 years in the open hearth at the Bethlehem Steel Corp., died Monday after a heart attack at his home in Moorefield, W.Va.

The 75-year-old Lead Mine, W.Va., native returned to his home state after his retirement 14 years ago from the Sparrows Point mill. Earlier, he was a coal miner and sawmill worker in West Virginia.

Services were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg, W.Va.

He is survived by his wife, the former Florence Kight; two daughters, Dottie Hornyak of Moorefield and Juanita Roehl of Dundalk; a son, Clifford R. Smith of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Rhoda H. Brown

Real estate broker

Rhoda Hughes Brown, a Woodlawn real estate broker, died Sunday of pneumonia at the Howard County General Hospital in Columbia.

The 89-year-old Timonium resident retired in 1963 after operating her own real estate agency for 15 years. Earlier, she worked as an agent in another real estate of- fice.

The former Rhoda English was born in Crawford, Ga., and reared in Arnoldsville, Ga., but she returned to Crawford to teach for two years after her graduation from the Georgia State College for Women in Athens.

She moved to the Baltimore area in 1931 after living in Columbia, S.C. Her marriage to Gary L. Hughes ended in divorce in 1948. Her second husband, Wilbur Brown, died in 1975.

A memorial service was to be conducted at 6 p.m. today at the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road.

She is survived by a son, Gary Hughes of Bethesda; a daughter, R. Jane Hughes of Timonium; two grandsons; and four great-grandsons.

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