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March 30, 1994

Dr. Homayoon Taavon


Dr. Homayoon Taavon, an obstetrician and gynecologist who had been honored by some of his patients when they gave their children his last name for their first names, died Sunday at his Lutherville home of an apparent heart attack. He was 68.

Dr. Taavon practiced for 29 years. He had a main office in downtown Baltimore and satellite offices elsewhere in the city. He retired in 1990 after being diagnosed with cancer.

He was a native of Tehran, Iran, and a graduate of the Tehran Medical University. He came here in 1956 and served an internship at the Hospital for the Women of Maryland, now part of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, and a residency at the old Lutheran Hospital.

He later was chief of obstetrics at Lutheran and was honored in 1990 for his years at GBMC.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Joan M. diLeonardi; three sons, Dr. Richard J. Taavon of Dover, Del., James A. Taavon of Owings Mills and David S. Taavon of Bensalem, Pa.; two sisters, Parvin Pishdad of Tehran and Minoo Taavon of McLean, Va.; and three grandchildren.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road. A memorial Mass is being planned for late April at the Carmelite Monastery in Towson.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Department of Obstetrics at GBMC.

Frances B. Cromwell

Volunteer worker

Frances B. Cromwell, who had been a volunteer worker and served on the boards of charitable groups, died March 21 after a heart attack at her home in the Poplar Hill area.

Mrs. Cromwell, who was 87, had been a volunteer at Union Memorial Hospital and served on the boards of the Family and Children's Society and the Eaton Fund.

The former Frances Burdick was a native of Pittsburgh who was educated at Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Conn., and studied art and languages in Florence, Italy.

She came to Baltimore after her marriage in 1928 to Charles H. Cromwell Jr., who died in 1986.

She was a member of the Colonial Dames of America Chapter I and the Lake Roland Garden Club. She played golf and tennis and was a member of the Elkridge Club.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Charles Street and Melrose Avenue.

She is survived by a son, Charles H. Cromwell III of Chevy Chase; a daughter, Helene Cromwell Mulligan of Burtonsville; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

William Proctor Jr.

Retired Army officer

Retired Army Lt. Col. William B. Proctor Jr., who held public finance posts and was a financial planner, died Friday at Sinai Hospital while being treated for an infection. The Randallstown resident was 70.

Colonel Proctor retired from the Army Finance Corps in 1970 after 28 years of service, beginning as an enlisted man in World War II.

A native of El Reno, Okla., he attended Langston University in Oklahoma before his wartime service. After the war, he completed his education at the then-Hampton Institute of Virginia. He graduated and was commissioned in 1949.

During retirement, he earned a master's degree in public administration at the University of Baltimore. In the early 1970s, he was business manager at Morgan State University and then a fiscal officer in Model Cities and Baltimore Urban Services Agency programs.

In the early 1980s, he became a licensed financial planner and worked with insurance companies.

Services were set for 8 p.m. today at the Christian Life Church, 6605 Liberty Road, Lochearn.

He is survived by his wife, the former Vera M. Jackson; two daughters, Cynthia Smith of Dallas and Susan Proctor of Baltimore; a half-brother, Robert Tankersley, and half-sister, Barbara Tankersley, both of Denton, Texas.

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