Betty Asplund, 51, director of bereavement centerBetty...

December 08, 1996

Betty Asplund, 51, director of bereavement center

Betty Asplund, director of an Anne Arundel County bereavement center that has become an international model, died Friday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of a brief respiratory illness. She was 51 and a resident of Millersville.

Born Betty Hurd in Baltimore, she was a graduate of Western High School and became a homemaker.

In 1986, she began volunteering at the Hospice of the Chesapeake in Millersville, and, in 1990, became the director of its new bereavement center, which provides counseling to families. The center greatly expanded under her directorship, serving as many as 3,000 grieving people a year.

Area schools often consulted Mrs. Asplund about training guidance counselors to deal with bereaved students, and the county Police Department sought her help when it was developing programs for officers whose duties included delivering news about a death.

In 1992, Mrs. Asplund added a program -- a weeklong summer camp for grieving children. Camp Nabe became a model for bereavement camps in the United States and around the world.

Mrs. Asplund's first husband, Thomas Earl Stickles, died in 1971.

She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Walter Asplund; two sons, Robert Hurd of Crownsville and Richard Asplund of Pasadena; two daughters, Judith and Kathryn Asplund, both of Millersville; her mother, Mary Hurd of Baltimore; two brothers, John Hurd of Ellicott City and Otis Hurd of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; a sister, Bonnie Thomas of Livermore, Calif.; and a granddaughter.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church of Odenton, where she was a member.

The family suggested donations to Hospice of the Chesapeake's Camp Nabe, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville 21108.

Irwin Jacques DuBois, 72, store owner, war veteran

Irwin Jacques DuBois, long- time owner of a Light Street shoe store and president for many years of the South Baltimore Merchants Association, died of lung cancer Friday at his Mount Washington home. He was 72.

A Baltimore native who graduated from City College in February 1942, Mr. DuBois was a Navy ensign in World War II, serving on ships supplying ammunition to carriers and destroyers in the Pacific Ocean.

From 1946 until his retirement and its closing in 1992, he ran the Sherry Shoe Store, which he had inherited from his parents. After he retired, he managed a city-owned parking lot in South Baltimore.

He was an inveterate swimmer, doing half a mile of laps a day at the Jewish Community Center on Park Heights Avenue. He was a founding member and past president of the Chatham Club, a 50-year-old men's card-playing and social group.

Services will be at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Mildred PTC Mashkes; two daughters, Ellen DuBois of Los Angeles and Gwen DuBois of Baltimore; a son, Benjamin DuBois of Baltimore; a brother, M. Macy DuBois of Toronto; and six grandchildren.

John James Foster Jr., a retired investment banker with Alex. Brown & Sons who helped save Babe Ruth's Baltimore birthplace, died of Alzheimer's disease Nov. 30 at Blakehurst Community Center in Towson. He was 69.

Born in Ocean City, N.J., and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Foster attended McDonogh School and the University of Maryland. He earned a law degree from the university's law school in 1952, the year he joined Alex. Brown. He retired in 1987.

He was a former president of the Oriole Advocates, a board member of the Babe Ruth Foundation and a member of the International Wine and Food Society.

His wife of 32 years, the former Lois Brown, died in 1987.

Survivors include two daughters, Joan Foster Gilbert and Susan Leah Foster, both of Baltimore; two sons, John James Foster III of Frederick and Thomas Francis Foster of Lutherville; a brother, William Feeney Foster of Vienna, Va.; and six grandchildren.

Services were held Wednesday.

Pub Date: 12/08/96

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