Robert P. FoardTruck farmerRobert P. Foard, the third...

May 16, 1994

Robert P. Foard

Truck farmer

Robert P. Foard, the third generation of his family to operate a farm on Williams Road in Hydes, died May 3 of cancer at his home in Phoenix where he had lived for the past four years. He was 69.

He was the last of his family to work the 170-acre truck farm founded by Franklin Foard, his grandfather, in the late 1800s. He sold it in 1990.

In earlier years, he raised Black Angus beef and cut hay, which he sold to local horse farms.

"We lived in the original farmhouse, which was well over 100 years old," said his wife, the former Jane Whiteford, a native of Baldwin, whom he married in 1949. "He was meticulous in how he operated and kept the farm."

Mr. Foard was reared on the farm and was a 1942 graduate of Towson High School.

In addition to farming, he drove a Baltimore County school bus on a route through the Long Green Valley for more than 35 years, retiring in 1991.

He was a member for many years and a deacon of Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church.

Other survivors include a son, Robert D. Foard of Seven Valleys, Pa.; a daughter, Susan Foard Davis of Baldwin; four sisters, Carol F. Hamilton of Kinnelon, N.J., E. Rosalie Piersol of Bel Air and Hilda E. Foard and Dorothy F. Muma, both of Hydes; and two grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Baltimore, 6701 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21204; or Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church, 3701 Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, where a memorial service was held May 5.

Charles Steiner Jr.

Retired BGE engineer

Charles J. F. Steiner Jr., a retired electric distribution engineer for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., died May 5 at his Annapolis home after a stroke. He was 86.

He retired in 1972 after 46 years with BGE.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute, studied at the old Maryland Institute on Market Place and earned an electrical engineering degree at the Johns Hopkins University.

A sandlot baseball and soccer player who was also on the Maryland Swimming Club team in his youth, he was a member of the Oldtimers Baseball Association of Maryland and the Annapolis Optimist Club.

His wife, the former Stella Evelyn Porcella, died last year.

He is survived by two daughters, Anne Back and Carolyn Minker, both of Annapolis; two brothers, Carl Steiner of Severna Park and Philip Steiner of New Bern, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held May 7.

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 had lived in Severna Park before he retired and moved 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 came 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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