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September 07, 1996

Marion Thompson, 63, ticket agent at Penn Station

Marion "Bing" Thompson, a retired Penn Station ticket agent whose warm smile and quiet efficiency helped ease the anxieties of harried travelers, died Sunday after surgery at Sinai Hospital. He was 63.

The White Hall, Harford County, resident began working for the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1960 as a ticket and payroll clerk at its North Charles Street station, always wearing the same belt buckle with a steam locomotive on it.

"He loved the railroad and was fond of saying that he worked for four different railroads -- the Pennsy, Penn-Central, Conrail and Amtrak -- and never left the building," said his wife of 37 years, the former May Miller.

In 1990, he became the material control clerk in Perryville. He retired five years later.

Through the years, Mr. Thompson sold tickets not only to stage )) and Hollywood stars but also arranged transportation for the Orioles when they traveled by train.

In recognition of his career as a railroader and friend, his fellow employees had a plaque installed in his honor at the Railroad Hall of Fame in Strasburg, Pa.

Born and raised in Pigtown in Southwest Baltimore, Mr. Thompson attended city schools and earned his GED diploma from Polytechnic Institute's night school. He later studied law for two years at the University of Baltimore.

He was an Army baker in the Korean War.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Broadway and Main Street, Bel Air.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Jennie Lee Phillips of Towson and M. Tracey Thompson of Bel Air; two brothers, Richard T. L. Thompson of Baltimore and Albert G. Miller of Towson; two sisters, Mary E. Cavey of Bel Air and Elsie M. Entwisle of Towson; and three grandsons.

Memorial contributions may be made to the M. B. Thompson Education Fund, 1919 York Road, Towson 21093, which has been established for his grandchildren.

Dorothy C. Bowlin, 73, Western Electric worker

Dorothy C. Bowlin, a homemaker and retired Western Electric Co. employee, died Tuesday of a stroke at Franklin Square Hospital Center. She was 73.

The lifelong Essex resident worked for 25 years as an assembly line worker at Western Electric's Point Breeze plant until retiring in 1982. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

She was born Dorothy Sentz and attended county schools until the 8th grade, when she left to help support her family.

She married John Welker, who was killed during World War II at the Battle of the Bulge. In 1947, she married Claude M. Bowlin, now a retired Baltimore County building inspector.

Mrs. Bowlin liked growing roses and working with her husband in his vegetable garden.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Essex.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Connelly Funeral Home, 300 Mace Ave., Essex.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, John P. Bowlin of Essex; a daughter, Joyce W. Shanholtz of Darlington; a sister, Leona Lingham of White Marsh; and two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 9/07/96

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