Bliss Forbush Jr., 75, Friends School teacherBliss Forbush...

March 04, 1996

Bliss Forbush Jr., 75, Friends School teacher

Bliss Forbush Jr., a retired Friends School science and math teacher, died Thursday of injuries he suffered in a fall while visiting a sister in Maryville, Tenn. The Ruxton resident was 75.

Mr. Forbush, who graduated from Friends School in 1940, taught there from 1950 until 1986.

His father, the late Bliss Forbush Sr., a Quaker leader and historian, was headmaster of Friends School from 1943 until his retirement in 1960. His brother, W. Byron Forbush II of Homeland, succeeded their father as headmaster of the school on North Charles Street.

Bliss Forbush Jr. "knew how to challenge his pupils and was much loved by two generations of students for his caring approach to education," said a brother-in-law, Harry S. Scott of Cockeysville.

"He was one of the most popular teachers of his era and we had hoped that he would address our 40th reunion in May," said Robert B. Heaton, secretary of the school's alumni association and a member of the class of 1956.

"He was a railroad enthusiast and studied and debated the value of steam vs. diesel and always said that a steam engine was such a simple machine that it could be fixed in any blacksmith shop, so he was in no hurry to see them disappear from the rails," Mr. Heaton said.

Mr. Forbush was born in Philadelphia and raised in Baltimore. His studies at Oberlin College were interrupted by Army service during World War II. At war's end, he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees there.

Mr. Forbush was known for the 200 azaleas that greeted visitors to his Berwick Road residence. He also had an extensive collection of Early American glass and was interested in genealogy.

He was a member of the Stony Run Friends Meeting, 5116 N. Charles St., where a memorial service was planned for 4 p.m. today.

Other survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Lois Dambach; a son, Bliss Forbush III of Hampden, Conn.; a daughter, Wendy J. Forbush of New Bedford, Mass; five sisters, Helen-Mary Overstreet and Marjorie Scott, both of Cockeysville, Jessie Schorreck of St. Petersburg, Fla., Carmian Davis of Maryville and Wendy Morrow of Stevensville; and three grandchildren.

Frank Smick Jr., 70, Presbyterian minister

The Rev. Frank Smick Jr., former pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Brandywine Hundred, Del., died of a heart attack Friday at Palm Beach (Fla.) Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 70.

The Baltimore native was pastor of Evangelical Presbyterian Church on Northern Parkway before taking over the Delaware parish from which he retired in 1988.

He was a graduate of King's College, formerly in New Castle, Del., and Faith Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Services were to be held today in Delaware.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Terry R. Smick; three sons, David M. Smick of Washington, Daniel J. Smick of Boston and P. Samuel Smick of Wilmington, Del.; and eight grandchildren.

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