Joseph NewcomerExtension agronomistJoseph L. Newcomer, a...

June 12, 1994

Joseph Newcomer

Extension agronomist

Joseph L. Newcomer, a retired agronomist with the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Maryland, died June 1 of cancer at his home near Brinklow in Montgomery County. He was 71.

Mr. Newcomer retired in 1977 as an extension agronomist after 27 years at the university.

He helped organize the first Maryland No-Till Conference and its successor, the Mid-Atlantic No-Till Conference. Now known as the Mid-Atlantic Conservation Tillage Conference, the event has been held for 20 years.

He promoted no-till farming as a way to reduce soil erosion and keep crop nutrients from being lost in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Mr. Newcomer organized the Delmarva Soybean Meeting, an annual meeting held in Salisbury each year, and the Delmarva Corn Technology Conference. Since 1981 the events have operated as a combined corn and soybean conference.

In 1951, he organized Maryland Corn Clubs with county extension agricultural agents. He helped create soybean improvement programs in many Eastern Shore counties.

He helped to start the Maryland Turfgrass Association and was secretary of the Maryland Grain Producers Association and the Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association in addition to serving as secretary-treasurer of the Maryland Crop Improvement Association.

Robert E. Wagner, former agronomy department head and former director of the extension service, University of Maryland College Park, described Mr. Newcomer as "one of the very best and hardest-working extension agronomists who ever existed. He was popular with county extension agricultural agents throughout the state and, generally, with farmers."

In 1973, he spent two months in South Korea, writing a seed law for that country and a manual for seed testing and planned a central seed laboratory with five satellite laboratories.

After his retirement in 1977, he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection Service in Washington and more recently had been an agronomist with the Willard/Meyers Agri-Service, a farm chemical and fertilizer company based in Frederick.

A native of Ringgold and a 1941 graduate of Smithsburg High School, Mr. Newcomer worked in fingerprint classification for the FBI in Washington from 1942 to 1943 and then served in the Navy until 1946.

In 1950, he earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural education from the University of Maryland College Park, where he also earned a master's degree in agronomy-botany in 1955. He began his career at Maryland in seed certification work.

Mr. Newcomer was honored by the college of agriculture alumni and by the Northeast Branch of the American Society for Agronomy for outstanding service to agriculture.

The former president of the Sandy Spring Lions Club and of the Church Council of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fulton, he also served as a youth leader for 4-H clubs in Montgomery County.

He is survived by his wife, the former Anna Weikert; three sons, David L. Newcomer of Westminster, Bruce E. Newcomer of Woodbridge, Va., and Joseph E. "Eddie" Newcomer of Reisterstown; a daughter, Linda K. Newcomer of Brinklow; and two grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the American Cancer Society, the Maryland 4-H Foundation or the University of Maryland Foundation.

Services were held Wednesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fulton.

Susan Jo Stewart

College counselor

Susan Jo Stewart, a counselor at Dundalk Community College, died June 4 of heart failure at Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown after becoming ill while attending a conference at Washington College. The Middle River resident was 46.

She counseled students planning to enter study programs in the health care field.

Mrs. Stewart, who came to the Baltimore area about three years ago, had also been a counselor at Baltimore City Community College.

Earlier, in Pennsylvania, she had been a counselor at high schools and for families of recovering alcoholics.

The former Susan Jo Warner was born in Medford, Wis., and reared in New Castle, Del. She held bachelor's and master's degrees from West Chester University in Pennsylvania.

She is survived by her husband, John Douglass Stewart; two sons, Jeffrey J. Adams and Scott Adams, both of West Chester; her mother, Bessie M. Warner of New Castle; two brothers, Mark E. Warner of New Castle and James Warner of Heidelberg, Germany; and a sister, Elizabeth A. Warner of Tacoma, Wash.

Services were held Wednesday at the Asbury United Methodist Church in New Castle.

Anne E. Blaney

Executive secretary

Anne E. Blaney, a retired executive secretary for the Continental Can Co. who was active as a volunteer worker, died Tuesday of cancer at the Stella Maris Hospice.

Mrs. Blaney, who was 76 and lived in the same house on Fait Avenue in Highlandtown where she was born, retired in 1980 after 40 years of service to the can company in the Baltimore area.

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