Leo F. BlumenthalTextile executiveLeo F. Blumenthal, a...

January 29, 1995

Leo F. Blumenthal

Textile executive

Leo F. Blumenthal, a retired textile industry executive, died Thursday of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Parkton resident was 89.

He retired in 1970 as president of Maryland Textile Co. after 30 years with the company. The Light Street firm supplied cloth to clothing manufacturers in Baltimore and New York. Earlier, he worked for a firm that made linings for pockets and jackets.

He was the son of an immigrant from Vorna, Lithuania, who was a Spanish-American War correspondent for the Reading, Pa., Eagle newspaper and later, after settling in East Baltimore, a cigar maker. A 1922 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, he went to work for the Baltimore and Ohio railroad in Cumberland as an apprentice locomotive engineer. After being furloughed by the railroad in the Depression, he went to work in the garment industry.

He was an avid sports fan who was particularly fond of the Colts.

Services are to be held at 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson and Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, the former Mina E. Vatapsky; three stepdaughters, Evelyn Soots of Parkton, Maxine Cohen of Bel Air and Sharon Callahan-Trostle of Hereford; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Thelma B. Anderson, a Baltimore native and retired registered nurse who worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s and 1960s, died from colitis on Thursday at Hanover (Pa.) General Hospital. She was 80.

She and her husband of 54 years, James S. Anderson, had lived in West Virginia and subsequently in Hanover since his retirement in 1965. Mr. Anderson died in 1993.

Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was active in the Residence Association of Homewood at Plum Creek, the retirement community where she lived, and Lohr's Memorial United Methodist Church, both in Hanover.

A memorial service was to be held at 2 p.m. today at Lohr's Memorial United Methodist Church, East Middle and Locust streets, Hanover. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Mrs. Anderson is survived by three sons, Spencer P. Anderson of Indian Harbor, Fla.; Kenneth B. Anderson of Clifton, Va., and Roger C. Anderson of Brodbecks, Pa.; a sister, Catherine Kammar of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the Residence Association of Homewood at Plum Creek, 425 Westminster Avenue, Hanover, Pa., 17331, or Lohr's Memorial United Methodist Church, East Middle and Locust streets, Hanover, Pa., 17331.

Ruth Eleanor Meyer

Political activist, teacher

Ruth Eleanor Meyer, who lived nearly 20 years in Calvert County after retiring from a 30-year career as a teacher in Washington, died of respiratory failure Thursday at Edenwald Retirement Home in Towson. She was 90.

The former Ruth Eleanor Simpson attended public schools in Washington. She graduated from Wilson Teachers College in Washington during the early 1920s and began her more than 30-year career as an elementary schoolteacher in several Washington schools.

While at Horace Mann School, Mrs. Meyer taught the late President Richard M. Nixon's daughter Tricia.

She and Charles Burton Meyer were married in 1926. Upon his death in 1968, she moved to Calvert County, where she lived until 1986.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Meyer volunteered with many civic and political organizations.

During her teaching career, she was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club, the Women's City Club, the Naomi Chapter in the Order of the Eastern Star, the Salvation Army Auxiliary and the M. I. English Circle of the Florence Crittenton Home.

She also was a member of the Political Study Club, and served two years as its president, starting in 1965.

After moving to Calvert County, she was a member of the League of Republican Women, the English Speaking Union, the Calvert County Historical Society, the Calvert County Hospital Auxiliary and the Maryland Federation of Retired Teachers.

"Politics and civic responsibility was talked up in the house and, basically, that's what spurred her on," said a son, Charles Burton Meyer Jr.

Services were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Avenue in Lutherville.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Meyer is survived by three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Army Maj. John W. Copp, 34, a Pasadena resident for three years until his transfer last summer from Fort Meade to Saudi Arabia as an adviser to that nation's national guard, was killed Jan. 22 in an automobile accident there. He had been stationed at Fort Meade in 1991, first with the Defense Courier Service and later as an aide to the deputy commander of the 1st Army.

The son of an Army family, he lived in many parts of the world and was a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home in Florence, S.C.

Survivors include his wife, the former Jane Kirkpatrick; a son, John Dillon Copp; his parents; a brother; and a stepsister.

The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Maj. John W. Copp Scholarship Fund at the Howe Military School, Box 240, Howe, Ind. 46746.

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