James L. FryeDisability examinerJames L. Frye, a retired...

March 06, 1994

James L. Frye

Disability examiner

James L. Frye, a retired disability examiner for the Social Security Administration and a Sherlock Holmes fan, died Feb. 22 of a stroke at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney.

He was 66 and had lived in a Silver Spring nursing home for the past five years.

He retired in 1981 after a 33-year career with the federal agency. From 1956 to 1958, he was a disability examiner for the state of Maryland.

He was born in Pittsburgh and reared in Sharpsville, Pa., where he attended local schools. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1950 from Allegheny College, and after doing graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, enlisted in the Army in 1952. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1956.

He lived in Glenelg and Ellicott City for many years.

Mr. Frye was an avid reader and collector of 19th-century verse and books about Sherlock Holmes.

His marriage ended in divorce.

Memorial services were held yesterday at First United Methodist Church, 148 E. Shenango St., Sharpsville.

Survivors include two sons, Jason W. Frye of Atlanta and Benjamin A. Frye III of Glen Dale; two daughters, Nanna K. Frye of San Diego and Gretchen L. Frye of Silver Spring; and a grandson.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 4512 College Ave., College Park 21044.

Anna T. Stein


Anna T. Stein, a homemaker, died Wednesday of pneumonia at Caton Manor Nursing Center. She was 92.

The 41-year resident of Pasadena was born Anna T. Geissler in Eischenbach, Germany, and came to the United States to join her three older sisters in 1921.

"She came in through Ellis Island, but was held there for several days because of a cold," said her daughter Virginia T. Nash of Pasadena. "She then was allowed to leave and went to Philadelphia to be with her sisters."

She married Walter W. Stein, a machinist in Philadelphia. After living in Buffalo, N.Y., for several years, the couple settled in West Baltimore. Mr. Stein, who worked for the C. M. Kemp Co., died in 1958.

Mrs. Stein and her husband were active in German-American cultural organizations and sang for many years with the Arion Singing Society.

Services were held yesterday at McCully Funeral Home, Mountain and Tickneck roads, Pasadena.

Other survivors include three sons, Walter W. Stein of Pasadena, Frederick M. Stein of Baltimore and Eric O. Stein of Douglasville, Ga.; two other daughters, Helena E. Roberts of Pocomoke and Marlena E. McNulty of Pasadena; 19 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.

Charles J. Gambo

Consulting engineer

Charles J. Gambo, a retired consulting engineer, died Tuesday of heart disease at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 52.

He retired because of his illness about a year ago.

Born in New York City and reared in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute and attended the Johns Hopkins University before receiving his mechanical engineering degree from New York University.

He was in the Navy from 1958 to 1962 and was assigned to Vietnam.

He worked for American Standard, the plumbing equipment company, from 1968 until 1978 in Buffalo, N.Y., and then for plumbing firms in Baltimore for a time before starting his consulting business.

He was a member of the Towson Rotary Club, the Engineering Society of Buffalo, the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Department and a volunteer fire department in Snyder, N.Y.

A memorial service was held yesterday at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, Rodgers Forge.

He is survived by his wife, the former Rosemarie Unland; a son, Charles J. Gambo Jr. of Towson; a daughter, Katherine Peacock of Springfield, Mass.; a brother, Americo E. Gambo of Parkton; and a sister, Barbara S. Dorsch of Upperco.

Memorial donations may be made to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Dabney L. Cameron

Baltimore native

Dabney L. Cameron, a Baltimore native who lived for many years in Wilton, Conn., died Jan. 27 of complications of pneumonia at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Cameron, who was 72, had moved from Connecticut to Silver Spring a week earlier.

Born Maria Dabney Lancaster in Baltimore where her father, Henry Carrington Lancaster, was professor of French at the Johns Hopkins University, she was a graduate of Roland Park Country School and attended Hollins College in Roanoke, Va.

During World War II, she worked for the State Department in Washington.

A member of the John Alden Society and the Wilton Riding Club, she was fond of watching deer and other animals near her Connecticut home and wrote poetry and children's stories.

Her marriage to Donald Churchill Cameron ended in divorce.

She is survived by two daughters, Alice Churchill Cameron of San Francisco and Carrington H. Cameron of Palo Alto, Calif.; and a brother, Henry C. Lancaster Jr., of Baltimore.

A memorial service is being planned for August at Church Island on Squam Lake in New Hampshire, where her family has spent vacations for five generations.

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