Thomas D. Braun, 88, rehabilitation services headThomas D...

February 03, 1996

Thomas D. Braun, 88, rehabilitation services head

Thomas D. Braun, retired director of the old Maryland Vocational Rehabilitation Service, died Wednesday of cancer at a nursing home in Seminole, Fla. He was 88.

The former Towson resident, who moved to Seminole in 1973, began working in 1934 for the state agency, which is now the Division of Rehabilitation Services.

The agency provides assistance with wheelchairs, hearing aids and artificial limbs for the disabled, and counseling and vocational training. Mr. Braun retired in 1971.

He was a board member of Goodwill Industries and was active in the League for the Handicapped.

The Pittsburgh native was educated in schools there and earned his bachelor's degree in 1930 from Western Maryland College.

After working for the YMCA in Cleveland for several years, he returned to Maryland in 1932 with his wife, the former Ruth Schlincke, whom he had married in 1930.

He was active for many years in Towson Methodist Church and later at Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Private memorial services will be held in Florida.

In addition to his wife, other survivors include a son, Thomas H. Braun of Largo, Fla.; a daughter, Sharon B. Frazier of Towson; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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