Marcus F. Brundage, 89, supervised sewage buildingMarcus...

February 12, 1996

Marcus F. Brundage, 89, supervised sewage building

Marcus Frederick "Rip" Brundage, a one-time state fencing chairman and former superintendent of sewer construction for Baltimore, died Tuesday at Church Home Hospital of septic shock after several strokes. The Rosedale resident was 89.

As a teen-ager, he studied fencing under Generoso Pavese, once a world fencing champion whose obituary Mr. Brundage carried in his wallet until the day he died. Mr. Pavese also taught fencing to President Theodore Roosevelt in the White House.

But Mr. Brundage may have had more talent at it. At Polytechnic Institute, he won many fencing medals and became the state fencing champion. Only a lack of money prevented him from competing for the Olympic team.

Poverty had been a difficulty for Mr. Brundage from birth. His father died when the boy was 2, forcing his English-born mother to go to work as a salesclerk. At 7, little Marcus himself labored in a canning factory.

But he stayed in school, graduating from Polytechnic in 1925, then attending the Johns Hopkins University. Though he never earned his bachelor's degree -- again because of a lack of money -- he became thoroughly educated in civil engineering.

In 1927, he joined the city's payroll as a civil engineer and, except for a stint in the military during World War II, remained with the city for 44 years. He worked in the Bureau of Sewers, laying out and supervising construction of the city's sewage and drainage systems and culverts. He retired in 1971.

Services were held Saturday. He is survived by his wife, the former Evelyn Ellen Summers, who enrolled in his fencing course nearly 60 years ago to meet him; and a son, Marcus Brundage Jr. of Rosedale.

Percy Westry Jones Sr., 83, barber, businessman

Percy Westry Jones Sr., a barber and businessman, died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Jessup. He was 83.

Known as "Mr. Percy," he owned and operated several barbershops in South and Southwest Baltimore, including Percy's Barber Shop in the 3200 block of W. Baltimore St., for more than 35 years.

Born in Edgecomb County, N.C., he moved to Baltimore in his youth. He became a barber in 1935. After establishing his first barber shop in 1942, he enlisted in the Army Quartermasters Corps from 1943 to 1946. Services were held Saturday.

His wife of 39 years, Vivian Rebecca Nelson Jones, died last year. He is survived by two sons, Percy W. Jones Jr. of Baltimore and Wendell B. Jones Sr. of Jessup; two brothers, James and Marion Jones of Philadelphia; three sisters, Mary Jones and Florence Hodge, both of Philadelphia, and Geveva Persely of Massachusetts; and three grandchildren.

Nanette Chomet Foley, 87, longtime nurse

Nanette Chomet Foley, a nurse for many years, died Thursday after suffering a heart attack at Sinai Hospital while accompanying her husband to a checkup. She was 87 and lived in Roland Park.

Born in New York City, she moved to Baltimore as a child and attended the Franklin Square School of Nursing, from which she graduated in 1934. She was a nurse at Sinai and at the University of Maryland Hospital.

From 1948 until her retirement at age 75 in 1983, she was a nurse in doctors' practices.

In 1947, she married Gardner P. H. Foley, who taught dental literature and dental history at the University of Maryland Dental School.

Services were held Saturday. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a stepson, Gardner P. H. Foley Jr. of Bala-Cynwyd, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Colin Foley Michael of Greensboro, N.C.; three sisters, Mitzi Siegel of Pikesville, Hannah Assarof of Naples, Fla., and Florence Katz of Glyndon; and a stepgrandson, Shannon Oliver of Greensboro.

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