Ross A. AppersonBethlehem Steel foremanRoss A. Apperson, a...

January 19, 1995

Ross A. Apperson

Bethlehem Steel foreman

Ross A. Apperson, a retired estimator and foreman at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point shipyard, died Monday of cancer at his home in Towson. He was 81.

He retired in 1978 after a 37-year career with the steelmaker's shipbuilding division. For five years before his retirement, he was foreman of the paint department.

He was born in Orange County, Va., one of 11 children, and left school to help support his family. He drove a truck before he moved to Baltimore and went to work as a foreman in an East Baltimore distillery.

Mr. Apperson had been a member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church in East Baltimore for 40 years before he joined Towson United Methodist Church after moving to Towson about four years ago.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Dorothy J. Shaddy; a son, Ronald A. Apperson of Edgewood; a daughter, Paula Apperson McNamara of Lutherville; a brother, W. Ray Apperson of Locust Grove, Va.; three sisters, Clara Hall, Ruby Walker and Gladys Graves, all of Fredericksburg, Va.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Baltimore, 6701 N. Charles St., Towson 21204. Edward L. Beauchamp, who had been an official of a real estate firm and chief appraiser of the Baltimore County Orphans' Court, died Monday of heart disease at Dulaney Towson Health Care Center. The Sudbrook Park resident was 81.

Mr. Beauchamp was known as "Beach." He was a Washington native and moved to Waverly as a youth when his father, a Methodist pastor, was assigned to a church there. He was a 1932 graduate of City College and received his bachelor's degree from Western Maryland College in 1936.

After graduating from college, he taught in high schools until 1941 when he entered the Army as a first lieutenant, having held a Reserve commission since 1936. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. His decorations included the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Mr. Beauchamp managed a building supply company until 1950, when he became secretary-treasurer of the Walter J. Foley Real Estate Co., from which he retired in 1987.

He was appointed chief appraiser of the Orphans' Court in 1954 and retired in 1984. He continued to prepare appraisals for attorneys until he retired again in 1990.

Services were set for 1 p.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

His wife, the former Caroline Bradshaw, whom he married in 1937, died in 1986. He is survived by a son, William Foley Beauchamp of Timonium; three daughters, Starr B. Arbaugh of Lutherville, Rita B. Bauhof of Westminster and Mary B. Craig of Timonium; a sister, Dorothy Taylor of Towson; and 11 grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wesley Home, 2211 W. Rogers Ave., Baltimore 21209. Dorothy Margaret Croswell, a Baltimore native and a retired social worker, died Friday of cancer at the Leesburg (Fla.) Regional Medical Center. She was 77 and had moved to Leesburg four years ago.

She went to work for the old Baltimore Department of Public Welfare in 1938 after graduating from Goucher College. She retired in 1980.

Miss Croswell was known for her detailed knowledge of cases under her supervision. "She wrote the administrative procedures -- the famous green sheets that we social workers clutch to our bosoms," said Pat Hartley, a Baltimore colleague. "She was meticulous and she was the one who provided the how-to details in foster care. Her procedures, values and appraisal system are still very much here in the department."

Born and reared in Baltimore, Miss Croswell was a 1934 graduate of the old Eastern High School at Broadway and North Avenue. She later received a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work.

She was a longtime resident of Charles Village and was active in the neighborhood association and the Greater Homewood Community Corp.

Services were set for 10 a.m. today at the Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave.

She is survived by a brother, Richard D. Croswell of Leesburg; a nephew; and a niece.

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