Paul A. Rohde Sr.Medical technologistPaul A. Rohde Sr., a...

December 22, 1993

Paul A. Rohde Sr.

Medical technologist

Paul A. Rohde Sr., a retired medical technologist and laboratory official, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Towson. He was 77.

He retired in 1983 as the manager of pharmaceutical sales for Becton Dickinson Microbiology Systems of Hunt Valley and was a consultant to the company at the time of his death.

He began his career before World War II as assistant director of laboratories for the Maryland health department. In 1948, he joined Baltimore Biological Laboratory, which later merged with Becton Dickinson, as sales manager.

He developed several products for the microbiology laboratory and was the author of many articles published in professional journals. He was also widely recognized for his technical manuals, according to Paul A. Rohde Jr., a son who lives in Chicago.

He had been president of the Maryland Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, which awarded him the prestigious Barnett L. Cohen Award. He was the only person made an honorary member of the American Society for Medical Technology, an organization whose membership is normally reserved for those in the educational or research fields, according to his son.

Born and reared on Mayfield Avenue in Northeast Baltimore, he was a 1933 graduate of City College and earned his bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1937. He did additional graduate study at the Maryland Institute of Art and the Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

During World War II, he served in the Army as a laboratory officer aboard the hospital ship Acadia in the Mediterranean Sea, where he witnessed the Allied landing at Salerno, Italy, in 1943. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of captain and returned to Baltimore and his job at the state health department.

Fond of gardening and supplying his friends with seeds and plants, he was a member of the American Marigold Society. He was also a frequent contributor to the Letters to the Editor column of The Sun where he commented on a variety of topics including the Orioles, which he avidly followed.

A requiem Mass was to be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Audrey Kaltenbach of Baltimore; two other sons, Peter E. Rohde and John M. Rohde, both of Baltimore; three daughters, Suzanne R. Murray of Silver Spring and Barbara R. Treasure and Judith M. Rohde, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Wilson A. Rohde of Arizona and Howard H. Rohde of Baltimore; a sister, Marion R. Poehler of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Hospital, Home Care and Hospice Programs, 7620 York Road, Towson, Md. 21204.

M. Carolyn Thompson, who was active in government and community affairs in Queen Anne's County and worked for a time for state government, died Saturday at a hospital in Arlington, Va., of complications after surgery.

She was 71 and had moved from Grasonville to Chester about a year ago. She worked in Annapolis in the 1980s, first for the

Division of Budget Review in the Department of Fiscal Services and then for the Department of Education.

In the 1960s, she was a member of the Queen Anne's County Board of Education. She later served on the county's Social Services Board and as chairman of the county Assessment Appeals Board.

She was a member of the first boards of the Chesapeake College and the Queen Anne's Hospice Volunteers. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grason

ville Post of the American Legion, the United Democratic Women's Club of Queen Anne's County and the Prospect Bay Country Club.

She was a life member of the Maryland Congress of Parents and Teachers.

The former M. Carolyn Coursey was a native of Baltimore who was reared in Grasonville and was a 1938 graduate of Stevensville High School.

After graduation from the Strayer Business College in Baltimore, she joined the Navy during World War II, doing secretarial work from 1943 until 1946. Her last assignment was as a secretary in the office of the newly authorized CIA.

After completing her military service, she married Richard E. Thompson, who died in 1988.

Services were to be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Newnam Funeral Home in Queenstown.

She is survived by two daughters, Hannah C. Starkey of Centreville and Janice T. Carrell of Queen Anne; two sons, Patrick E. Thompson of Grasonville and Richard A. Thompson of Washington; a sister, Katherine Annabel Palmer of Columbia; a brother, John D. Coursey of Mount Airy; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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