Frank W. Davis Jr.Insurance agentFrank W. Davis Jr., a...

March 27, 1994

Frank W. Davis Jr.

Insurance agent

Frank W. Davis Jr., a retired insurance agent, died Monday of cancer at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was 59 and lived near Selbyville, Del.

He retired in 1982 from the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. because of a disability. He had worked for the insurer for about 30 years, first in the Baltimore area and then for two years on the Eastern Shore after he moved from Rosedale to Selbyville.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Patterson Park High School. He was a member of the submarine unit of the Naval Reserve at Fort McHenry before serving on active duty from 1957 until 1959.

He is survived by his wife, the former Gerry Hopkins; a son, Terry C. Davis of Selbyville; a daughter, Pamela Davis Williams of Bartlett, N.H.; and his father and stepmother, Amelia and Frank W. Davis Sr., both of Baltimore.

Memorial donations may be made to the Delaware Hospice, 600 DuPont Highway, Georgetown, Del.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday.

Lester H. Caplan

Retired pediatrician

Dr. Lester H. Caplan, a retired pediatrician, died March 18 in the health care center of the North Oaks Retirement Community in Pikesville of complications from a heart attack.

Dr. Caplan, who was 77 and lived in Lutherville for many years, retired about 10 years ago after maintaining offices in Pikesville and earlier on Eutaw Place since the late 1940s.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College and the Johns Hopkins University. He graduated with honors from the University of Maryland medical school in 1940.

He had completed his internship at University Hospital before entering the Army and completed his residency there upon his return.

During World War II, he won the Soldier's Medal for pulling the crew from a crashed and burning airplane while serving in Europe in the Army Medical Corps.

After his retirement from practice, he examined disability claims for the Social Security Administration.

Services for Dr. Caplan were held March 20 at the Sol Levinson & Bros funeral home.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Schugam; a son, David Caplan of Pikesville; a daughter, Linda Goldman of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Ruth Goodman and Rita Waranch, both of Pikesville; and three grandchildren.

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Ralph P. Berman

Car shop owner

Ralph P. Berman, retired owner of an automobile service business, died Wednesday of cancer at his home on Clarks Lane. He was 75.

He retired 10 years ago from the business he started in 1949 as a gas station on Park Heights Avenue near Rogers Avenue. The business, which was moved to Belvedere Avenue, then to Oakleaf Avenue, evolved into a frame and body shop, service center and towing operation.

The Baltimore native graduated from Polytechnic Institute where was a member of the honor society.

During World War II, he was an engineering officer aboard merchant ships, one of which was torpedoed in the English Channel but returned to port in England.

In 1986, he was named Man of the Year of the Ner Tamid Congregation Brotherhood, of which he was a former president.

He had also been a substitute mathematics teacher at Northwestern High School.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Maslow; three daughters, Marcia S. Spear of Pikesville, Linda A. Miller of Randallstown and Ellen R. Lumsden of Relay; two sons, Richard A. Berman of Pikesville and Charles L. Berman of Lutherville; a sister, Bettye Fishbein of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Services were held Thursday.

David C. Schultz Jr.

Insurance broker

David C. Schultz Jr., a Severna Park insurance broker, died Thursday of pneumonia at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 79.

A native of Rochester, Pa., Mr. Schultz received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1938. He entered the insurance business after college and since 1950 primarily represented Trans America Occidental Life Insurance Co. of California.

A captain with the U.S. Army, Mr. Schultz served in India during World War II.

He enjoyed model railroading and had more than 200 trains.

Mr. Schultz was a lifetime member of Dormont Lodge in Pittsburgh and a member of the Shriner Boumi Temple in Baltimore. He also was a past president of the Maryland Association of Health Underwriters, and a member of the National Association of Life Insurance Underwriters.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, the former Vasilike Spanos; a son, Vasileos C. Gumas of Severna Park; a daughter, Maria-Annette Gumas of Annapolis; a sister, Charlotte Nash of Columbia, S.C.; two nieces; and a nephew.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, in Crownsville. Burial will be in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Building Fund of St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Crownsville or the American Lung Association.

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