Frederick L. JonesCollege adviserFrederick Lewis Jones, a...


October 02, 1993

Frederick L. Jones

College adviser

Frederick Lewis Jones, a former Baltimorean and an educator at Stockton College in Pomona, N.J., died of cancer Sept. 22 at his home in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. He was 55.

He had been an academic adviser at the college since 1990 and a mediator for the Atlantic County (N.J.) Community Justice Institute. He also directed Project IMPACT, a program to provide tutoring to county junior high students involved in the juvenile justice system.

Mr. Jones was reared in Baltimore and attended public schools there, graduating in 1956 from Frederick Douglass High School. After graduation from high school, he served in the Air Force in Alaska and worked for the Social Security Administration and General Motors on Broening Highway.

During the 1960s, he was active with the Congress of Racial Equality in Baltimore during a fair-housing campaign. He went to college in 1967 and earned a bachelor's degree in special education in 1971 from Coppin State College. While at Coppin, he was president of the student government for two years.

He continued his education at the Antioch Graduate School of Education in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he earned a master's degree in education. He worked from 1977 to 1990 as director of undergraduate programs, director of student services and as a faculty member in child development at Antioch University Philadelphia until that branch of Antioch College closed.

"Since leaving Baltimore, he devoted his life to providing opportunities for those overlooked by conventional higher educational institutions and programs to earn college degrees and elevate themselves out of poverty or at least dead-end jobs," recalled a friend, Carolyn Stewart Dyer.

Mr. Jones also held academic positions at the Berks County Campus of Pennsylvania State University and was a consultant from 1983 to 1984 at the American International School of Lisbon in Carnaxide, Portugal.

He also was a consultant to the Philadelphia Head Start program for 13 years while working at Antioch.

"He spoke out loud against injustice wherever he saw it," said Tawana F. Sabbath, who knew Mr. Jones since 1973.

Mr. Jones was buried at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Sept. 24. Services were set for 3 p.m. today at the Walter E. Sabbath Jr. Funeral Home, 2530 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 9 at the Sharp Street United Methodist Church in Baltimore.

Mr. Jones is survived by his mother, Katherine Jones of Baltimore; three brothers, Irvin Jones and William Jones, both of Baltimore, and Allan Jones of New York; two sisters, Catherine Johnson and Dorothy Raikes, both of Baltimore; and his longtime companion, Nancy Stewart of Philadelphia.

The family suggests donations to Coppin State College Development Foundation or the Freedom Theatre of Philadelphia.

Charles M. Bloom Jr.

Finance vice president

Charles M. Bloom Jr., a retired Finance Company of America vice president, died Thursday of cancer at his home in Catonsville.

The 72-year-old former Army first lieutenant retired from the finance company in 1982 after 36 years of service that was interrupted by the Korean War.

The Catonsville native was a graduate of the Catonsville High School, where he won letters as a member of the baseball, basketball, soccer and track teams.

Drafted during World War II, he served in Italy and was awarded his first Purple Heart when wounded by machine gun fire. After the war, he studied accounting at the Eastern College of Commerce and Law and later at the University of Baltimore, where he earned a bachelor's degree. He remained in the Army Reserve and was recalled to active duty and commissioned in the Korean War.

In Korea, he earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge with a star and his second Purple Heart for wounds sustained when a fellow soldier stepped on a land mine. His injuries also brought a disability retirement.

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Retired Officers Association.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 30 Melvin Ave., Catonsville.

He is survived by his wife, the former Myrtle H. Avery; sons Charles E. Bloom of Arbutus and James M. Bloom of Catonsville; daughter Donna M. Baker of Eldersburg; sister Dorothy Sheely of Catonsville, and three grandchildren.

Edgar E. Ruff

Retired chemist

Edgar E. Ruff, a native of Baltimore and a chemist who held 14 patents on detergent manufacturing processes, died Wednesday of cancer at a hospital in Columbia, S.C.

Mr. Ruff, who was 85, moved to Columbia in 1974, two years after his retirement from Lever Bros. in Edgewater, N.J. He was a consultant to the soap maker for a time after his retirement.

He had begun working in Baltimore for a predecessor of the firm but was transferred out of town by Lever Bros. in the 1940s.

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