Copeland Morton Jr.Corporate executiveCopeland Morton Jr...

February 15, 1994

Copeland Morton Jr.

Corporate executive

Copeland Morton Jr., retired corporate secretary of the Maryland Casualty Co., died Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications after surgery. He was 83.

The Homeland resident retired in 1975. He had joined the insurance company after his graduation from Harvard Law School in 1934.

Morton Jr. Known to his friends as Copie, the Baltimore native attended Calvert School, Gilman School, where he was a member of the class of 1927, and Princeton University, from which he graduated in 1931.

He served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in the Army during World War II, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel.

In addition to his work at Maryland Casualty, he maintained a law practice, specializing in taxes and estates, which he continued until late last year.

A former member of the vestry of Christ Episcopal Church, he had been secretary of the Christ Church Foundation. He was a subscriber of the Bachelors Cotillon.

Mr. Morton was an Orioles fan and a stamp collector. A golfer, he was a member of the Elkridge Club and the Sankaty Head Golf Club on Nantucket, where he was a summer resident.

A daughter, Marianne Morton, said her father was a raconteur who liked to tell stories about his family and friends. "He had a phenomenal memory and remembered every detail," she said.

His first wife, the former Virginia Lee, died in 1967.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, 2 E. University Parkway.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ann Humphreys; three daughters, Virginia Morton and Sally Morton, both of Baltimore, and Marianne Morton of Madison, Wis.; two stepdaughters, Ann Copp of New Haven, Conn., and Janie Humphreys of Antigonish, Nova Scotia; a stepson, Curtis Humphreys of Dallas; a brother, Edward Morton of Baltimore; a sister, Frances Froelicher of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren. David I. Dresser, a former executive of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, died after a heart attack Saturday night at his home in Columbus, Ohio. He was 64.

Mr. Dresser worked at HUD from the Nixon administration through the Reagan administration. During the Carter administration, he helped set up and administer the Urban Development Action Grant program, winning several commendations for his work.

Mr. Dresser was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Akron, Ohio. He attended Marquette University on a Naval Reserve Officer's Training Corps scholarship and served in the amphibious fleet during the Korean War.

He enjoyed telling the story of how, during his Navy career, he became known through the entire Pacific fleet after an eccentric captain decided the ship needed a 'birthday card officer' and tapped Mr. Dresser for the chore of making sure every sailor received a card on his birthday. He was discharged in 1955 as a lieutenant junior grade.

After leaving the Navy, Mr. Dresser worked with Motorola Corp. in Chicago in a series of executive positions, the last of which was as liaison with the Federal Communications Commission in Washington.

In 1971, he moved to HUD in an executive interchange program. At the end of his leave of absence from Motorola, he decided to stay with HUD.

In the late 1970s, he was a liaison between HUD and the National League of Cities. In 1982 he moved to Columbus to be its mayor's executive assistant for economic development. Later, he operated his own consulting business and was vice president of Miller & Schroeder Financial.

Most recently, Mr. Dresser was program development director for the Community Shelter Board, an organization that works with the homeless in Columbus.

Mr. Dresser was known to his friends as a gourmet cook.

His 1952 marriage to the former Mary Therese Rakers ended in divorce in 1979.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today at the O'Shaughnessy Funeral Home in Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, the former Karen Kerns of Urbana, Ohio, whom he married in 1980; four sons, Michael Dresser of Columbia, Md., a reporter for The Sun, Charles Dresser of Diamond Bar, Calif., David Dresser of San Jose, Calif., and Christopher Dresser of Clearwater, Fla.; two daughters, Jeanne Dresser of Baltimore and Mary K. Dresser of Clearwater; a sister, Betty Heller of Akron; and three grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to The Open Shelter, 370 W. State St., Columbus, Ohio, or to a program for the homeless in the giver's hometown.

Richard J. Tretter

Electronics inspector

Richard J. Tretter, a retired electronics quality control inspector, died Thursday at St. Agnes Hospital of a pulmonary embolism. He was 67.

Mr. Tretter lived on Glenwood Avenue in Catonsville. He retired in 1991 from Litton Industries and had worked in electronic quality control for several other companies.

He was a native of Marshalltown, Iowa.

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