LeRoy P. Baum Sr.Food service managerLeRoy P. Baum Sr...

May 15, 1994

LeRoy P. Baum Sr.

Food service manager

LeRoy P. Baum Sr., retired food service manager at the Suburban Club, died Monday of pneumonia at University of Maryland Medical Center.

Mr. Baum, who was 82 and lived in the Christ Church Harbor Apartments, retired in 1976 after 10 years at the country club. He had worked at the Eager House, the Chesapeake Restaurant, the Inn at Cross Keys and the former Tail of the Fox restaurant in Timonium.

At 70, he studied clowning, then entertained people at the Inner Harbor until last summer.

He was born in Washington, D.C., and reared in Baltimore, where he graduated from the Polytechnic Institute. He set a pool record in the breaststroke at the Naval Academy in 1930 and won several swimming medals in a recent Senior Olympics.

A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. today at the home of his son, the Rev. Roy Baum Jr., 2127 Southland Road in Woodlawn.

He also is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Marguerite Kerns; two other sons, Charles Baum of Fredericksburg, Va., and Conrad A. Baum of Houston; two daughters, JoAnne Walz and Marge Martin, both of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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David W. Booth

Ship's captain

David W. Booth, a retired ship's captain who was first mate on a ship that was torpedoed and sunk during World War II, died May 7 of respiratory failure at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 79.

He lived in Severna Park before retiring to Orange, Fla., in 1978.

He first retired as a merchant ship captain in 1947 and had been master of the Ridgley Warfield, a research vessel of the Chesapeake Bay Institute and then of the John C. Weidner, a state Department of Natural Resources buoy tender and ice breaker before he moved to Florida.

A native of Lewisetta, Va., he moved to Baltimore in the mid-1930s when he began his career as a cadet aboard passenger ships.

By March 7, 1942, he had become chief mate of the Barbara, a Bull Line freighter and passenger vessel that was sailing alone from Baltimore to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Early that morning, he was thrown from his bunk when the ship was torpedoed off the north coast of Haiti by a German submarine.

His decorations included the Mariner's Medal, the Merchant Marine Defense Bar, Atlantic War Zone Bar, the Merchant Marine Combat Bar and the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy E. Barranger of Severna Park; a son, Ronald D. Booth of Severna Park; two brothers, James W. Booth of Lewisetta and John L. Booth of Lottsburg, Va.; a sister, Gladys B. Rogers of Millersville; and two granddaughters.

Services were held Thursday.

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