Lewis B. Hill Jr., 72, National Guard officerLewis B. Hill...

December 22, 1996

Lewis B. Hill Jr., 72, National Guard officer

Lewis B. Hill Jr., a long-standing officer in the Maryland Army National Guard and first commander of its revived Maryland Defense Force, died of a bacterial infection Dec. 10 at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The Towson resident was 72.

A decorated Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Hill joined the National Guard in 1946 and retired with the rank of colonel in 1978.

When the defense force -- a descendant of the Baltimore militia that mobilized in 1814 to defend the city against British attack -- was reactivated in 1983 as the Maryland State Guard, Mr. Hill was asked to take charge of its operations.

He retired in 1987 as brigadier general and commander of the pTC state's least-known military unit, whose name was changed to Maryland Defense Force the next year.

A native of Richmond, Va., Mr. Hill moved to Baltimore in childhood and graduated from Friends School in 1943 and the University of Baltimore in 1956.

He was a training manager for Black & Decker Corp. from 1949 to 1971, and credit manager for Valley Lighting from 1971 to 1984. He was active with the Boy Scouts and Junior Achievement and was past president of the Maryland Society of Training and Development.

In retirement, he volunteered in the hospice program at Union Memorial Hospital and at the former Veterans Administration Hospital in Northeast Baltimore.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Hazel Wood; a son, John M. Hill of Clifton Park, N.Y.; a daughter, Chris Roberts of Lutherville; and four grandchildren.

Services were held Dec. 13.

Albert C. Bowersock Jr.,86, a retired railroad clerk and longtime Essex resident, died of arrhythmia Dec. 14 at Sinai Hospital.

A 1928 graduate of City College, he was a clerk in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad headquarters building at Charles and Baltimore streets from the early 1930s until retiring in 1953. He later was a maintenance worker and night guard until retiring a second time in 1975.

He is survived by three nephews, David L. Dowell and Brice G. Dowell, both of Monkton, and Henry W. Gambrill Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a niece, Judith Anderson of Waterford, Mich.

No funeral was held.

Anita V. Foster,91, a lifelong Baltimore resident and city teacher for 45 years, died of heart failure Dec. 14 while living at a relative's East Baltimore home.

Miss Foster graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1923 and from the Colored Training School for Elementary School Teachers, now Coppin State College, in 1926. She also received a bachelor's degree in education from what is now Morgan State University in 1953.

She taught at Baltimore elementary schools from 1926 until she retired in 1971.

She was a lifelong member of Christ United Methodist Church, at Chase and Washington streets, where services were held Friday.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Pub Date: 12/22/96

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