Dr. Carl Erik Olson, 55, UM research biologistDr. Carl...

April 06, 1996

Dr. Carl Erik Olson, 55, UM research biologist

Dr. Carl Erik Olson, a research biologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was found dead March 26 in his car in Fells Point. The cause of death is not known, pending a review by the medical examiner. He was 55.

Dr. Olson was a Bolton Hill resident and had been associated with the medical school since 1987. He specialized in reproductive endocrinology.

Born and raised in Wilmington, Del., Dr. Olson was a 1958 graduate of the Tower Hill School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1962 from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He earned a master's degree in 1969 from the University of the Pacific and his doctorate in tropical diseases from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

From 1962 to 1965, Dr. Olson served with the Peace Corps in Turkey and developed a lifelong fascination with the country and its people. He and his wife, the former Valerie Limbert, whom he married in 1966, traveled extensively through Turkey and the Middle East.

Dr. Olson lived in one of Bolton Hill's oldest houses, one that dated to the 1850s, according to his wife. He collected Maryland and Middle Eastern maps and rugs and was an opera buff. He also enjoyed trips to Western Maryland and gourmet cooking.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his parents, C. Marcus and Loraine S. Olson of Newark, Del.; a brother, Nicholas N. Olson of Mill Valley, Calif.; a sister, Marcia M. Olson of Lusby; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were private.

Elmer R. Svoboda, 87, chauffeur, taxi driver

Elmer R. Svoboda, who spent 20 years as a chauffeur for the Association of Maryland Pilots, died Thursday of heart failure at the Frankford-Lorien Nursing Home in Cedonia. He was 87.

Mr. Svoboda retired in 1972. He had delivered bay pilots by automobile to Piney Point, Chesapeake City, Locust Point, Dundalk Marine Terminal and other waterfront locations where they met ships they guided in the Chesapeake Bay and Baltimore harbor.

Mr. Svoboda drove cabs for the Yellow Taxi Co. from 1932 to 1952. During the late '20s and early '30s, he was a streetcar motorman on the old United Railways No. 26 line, fondly known as the Red Rockets; they linked downtown Baltimore with Dundalk.

"He had over 1 million miles of accident-free driving during his career," said a son, Paul Svoboda of Baltimore.

Born and raised in East Baltimore, Mr. Svoboda attended city schools. The longtime Rosedale resident, who had lived on Kent Island from 1969 to 1976, moved in 1982 to Garden Grove, Calif., and returned to Baltimore last year.

He and the former Barbara Pavlis were married 40 years. She died in 1976.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Cvach Funeral Home, 1211 Chesaco Ave., Rosedale.

He is survived by three other sons, Elmer L. Svoboda and Richard Svoboda, both of Baltimore, and Stanley J. Svoboda of Reading, Pa.; a daughter, Diane Smith of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Herman L. Rossmark, 64, owner of roofing company

Herman L. Rossmark, 64, a resident of Chase and owner since 1975 of an East Baltimore roofing company bearing his name, died March 26 of heart failure at Mercy Medical Center.

The East Baltimore native, who left school in the eighth grade to go to work, was a member of the United Evangelical Church and of Patapsco Lodge 183 of the Masons. His marriage ended in divorce.

Services were held March 30. Survivors include two sons, Carl L. Rossmark of Parkville and Richard H. Rossmark of Columbia; two brothers, Henry L. Rossmark of Baltimore and Frederick R. Rossmark of Edgemere; three sisters, Margaret S. Eubert of Baltimore, Rosena Fornaro of Manchester and Elizabeth A. Smith of Fairfield, Pa.; and 24 nieces and nephews.

Pub Date: 4/06/96

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