William C. RoseCorrections officerWilliam C. Rose, a...

January 26, 1994

William C. Rose

Corrections officer

William C. Rose, a retired correctional officer who rode a pony to work during World War II, died Saturday of pneumonia at North Arundel Hospital. The Severn resident was 82.

He retired in 1977 with the rank of sergeant from the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup where he had worked since 1941.


He enjoyed raising and showing pure-bred Shetland ponies at country fairs and the Maryland State Fair in Timonium. Rather than use his car during the gas rationing days of World War II, he rode a pony daily from his Severn home to the Jessup prison.

He rode horses until his early 80s.

Born in Baltimore, he attended city schools until moving to Odenton, when his father bought a farm and opened a grocery store. He left school after the eighth grade and was a clerk in his father's store, Rose Brothers, which closed several years ago when Route 32 was built through what had been the building's center.

He worked in the late 1930s for the Glenn L. Martin Co., building airplanes at its Middle River plant, before going to work for the state.

Services were planned for 2 p.m. today at Nichols Bethel United Methodist Church, at Route 175 and Route 170, Odenton, with interment in Bethel Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Dorothy Watts; a daughter, Dorothy Ann Rose; and a sister, Edna Tepper. All are of Severn.

Florence H. Trupp

Collected antiques

Florence Hendler Trupp, who collected antiques and donated some of them to the White House, museums and historical groups, died Monday of cancer at Sinai Hospital.

She was 81 and had homes on West Mount Vernon Place and in Severna Park.

She donated a desk that was placed in the White House Green Room during the Kennedy administration. She also donated antiques to the Maryland Historical Society, the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland and other museums and organizations.

She was born in Baltimore, the daughter of Manuel Hendler, who founded the Hendler Creamery. She graduated from the Park School and attended Goucher College.

She was an airplane spotter during World War II.

Mrs. Trupp was a member of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

Services were planned for 11 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 6010 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore.

She is survived by a daughter, Susan Wolff of Severna Park; a brother, Albert Hendler of Pikesville; a sister, Naomi Legum of Baltimore; her companion, Dr. Elliott Michelson of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

Emma P. Rodda

Piano teacher

Emma P. Rodda, a retired piano teacher, died Saturday of heart failure at the Wesley Home where she had lived for about two years. She was 91.

Mrs. Rodda, who lived for many years in Ruxton, taught piano to children for more than 50 years before retiring about 10 years ago. She also taught for a while in the Preparatory Department of the Peabody Institute.

Each year, she produced a recital at which her students, generally ranging from 6 to 16 years of age, showed off their talents.

She was born Emma Pardew in Anne Arundel County, where her father was pastor of a Methodist church. She graduated from Western High School in Baltimore and studied piano at Peabody, in the Preparatory Department and the Conservatory.

She was a member of the Baltimore Music Teachers Association.

She and her husband, Lawrence C. Rodda, a painter and commercial artist who died in 1989, took many photographs on their travels, especially of scenes in France that became the basis for his landscapes.

A memorial service was to be held at 2:15 p.m. today at the Wesley Home, 2211 W. Rogers Ave., Baltimore.

She is survived by two nieces, Betty P. Osborne of Bloomfield, Conn., and Annabelle C. Kellogg of Concord, Mass.; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

Sidney C . Miller Jr.

Lawyer, historian

Sidney C . Miller Jr., a staff attorney for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., fencer and a student of Civil War and naval history, died Saturday after a heart attack at his home in Reisterstown. He was 58.

He had worked in BG&E's legal department for 20 years. Earlier, he worked for the Commercial Credit Corp. and was a partner in the firm of Brune, Robertson and Iglehart.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Friends School, Johns Hopkins University in 1957 and the University of Maryland law school.

At Hopkins, he majored in history and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also was on Hopkins' fencing team, specializing in the epee during his last three years as an undergraduate. He won many medals during that time and later in 30 years with the Salle Palasz fencing club.

After graduating from Hopkins, he was an officer in the Army.

He was a former head of the Maryland Division of the U.S. Fencing Association and a member of the Hopkins Club.

He was a member of the Baltimore Civil War Round Table and the Naval Institute, and toured Civil War battlefields and collected books.

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