Joseph J. LuddyB&O Railway officialJoseph J. Luddy, a...

June 27, 1994

Joseph J. Luddy

B&O Railway official

Joseph J. Luddy, a retired Baltimore & Ohio Railway Co. official and advocate for senior citizens, died Thursday of respiratory failure at St. Joseph Hospital. The longtime Towson resident was 93.

He began his railroading career in 1917 as a messenger in the B&O's Baltimore and Charles streets headquarters and later worked in the office of the auditor of disbursements, served as assistant to the comptroller and in 1961, was promoted to comptroller. He retired in 1964.

He spent the next 30 years volunteering. He was a founding member in 1965 of the Bykota Senior Center and later was treasurer of the center's board of directors that established six senior centers that eventually grew to 23 countywide.

In 1982, he was named to the Baltimore County Commission on Aging and was a founder of Senior Citizens Inc., which collects money for needy older county residents.

Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden declared Mr. Luddy's 90th birthday "Joseph Luddy Day," and the Baltimore County Council presented him with an award in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the county's senior citizens.

He was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson where he had served for several years as a sacristan and was a founding member of the RABO Club, an organization of retired B&O executives.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson, with interment in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens

His wife of 66 years, the former Leona King, died in 1989.

He is survived by a daughter, Dr. Ruth Toro of Towson; a sister, Mary Johnson of Fullerton; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

James B. Houser Sr.

BGE employee

James B. Houser Sr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employee, died Friday of a heart attack at his home in Towson. He was 71.

He retired as a control room operator at BGE's Riverside plant in Dundalk in 1985. The plant manufactured synthetic natural gas from the mid-1970s until 1991, when it was closed.

He also had worked for the utility as a sheet metal mechanic. He started his career of more than 40 years with BGE in the transportation department, delivering refrigerators.

PTC Reared in the Pigtown section of Southwest Baltimore, he attended city schools. He was a member of the Tall Cedars Lodge and the Sincerity Lodge.

Services were planned for 9:30 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by his wife, the former Erma M. Andreone, whom he married in 1951; a son, James B. Houser Jr. of Towson; two daughters, Nancy Harrer of Lutherville and Jean Mitchell of Severn; and five grandchildren.

H. L. Scarborough

School supervisor

Helen Louise Scarborough, a retired supervisor in the Office of Pupil Personnel of Baltimore County Schools, died of cancer Tuesday at her sister's home in Towson. She was 66.

Ms. Scarborough, known to friends as "H.L.," began her 44-year career in education in Baltimore, where she taught elementary school from 1950 to 1956. She went to work for the county in 1956 and became supervisor of the pupil personnel office in 1968.

She volunteered for children's causes. She led Baltimoref County's interagency committee on child abuse and neglect and spent several years as a counselor at a camp run by her church, St. John's Episcopal in Glyndon.

In 1948, she graduated from Stratford College in Danville, Va., where she had been president of student government. She also earned degrees from Western Maryland College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Maryland.

Ms. Scarborough was a member of the Colonel John Streett Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, Glyndon. Graveside services were held at Slate Ridge Cemetery in Cardiff last week.

She is survived by a sister, Mary Katherine Scheeler; and a brother-in-law, Charles Scheeler, both of Towson.

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