Harold Clem, 87, historian, national security...

December 24, 1996

Harold Clem, 87, historian, national security authority

Harold J. Clem, a historian, political scientist and national security expert who helped restore democracy to Germany after World War II, died Friday at his home in Bethesda of congestive heart failure. He was 87.

He was a political adviser to the U.S. Commission for the State of Bavaria from 1949 to 1952, helping restore democracy to what was then West Germany.

The Frederick native also participated in an Allied postwar program to return artworks and other cultural property to nations looted by the Nazis.

Mr. Clem taught political science to senior military officers at the National Defense University, a Defense Department school, from until his retirement in 1975. While there, he authored and published a number of textbooks about U.S. security policy.

He taught English and history at Mount Airy High School before joining the faculty of Hood College in 1936. In 1943, he was appointed assistant professor of history and government at the University of Maryland College Park.

Burial is scheduled for today at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Pauline Davis Clem; and a son, Harold D. Clem of Knoxville, Tenn.

Laura Butler, 95, domestic worker, gardener

Laura Butler, a retired domestic and an avid gardener, died of heart failure Friday at Maryland General Hospital. She was 95 and lived in Severna Park.

The former Laura Kane, a native of the Eastern Shore, moved to the Sandtown community in West Baltimore in 1939 and went to work as a domestic at the old Rice's Bakery. In 1949, she began work as a private domestic and retired in 1963.

In 1947, she moved to Severna Park, where she enjoyed gardening in her back yard.

She married Charles Butler 1944; he died in 1963.

After moving to Baltimore, she had been a member at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1000 W. Saratoga St., where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

She is survived by a son, David Kane of Baltimore; two daughters, Helen Walker and Mildred Kane, both of Baltimore; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Moses J. Cohen, 87, assistant state's attorney

Moses J. Cohen, a retired attorney, died of cancer Dec. 15 at his Northwest Baltimore home. He was 87.

He had a private law practice from 1930 until 1965, then worked in the public sector, retiring in 1984 as an assistant city state's attorney.

The Baltimore native graduated from City College in 1926 and the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1929.

He was a member of the American Jewish Historical Society and a past president of the Maryland Jewish Historical Society.

Services were held Dec. 16.

Survivors include his wife, the former Rose Pines, whom he married in 1937; a son, Louis H. Cohen; two daughters, Rachel R. Meisels and Sylvia M. Schechter; two brothers, David W. Cohen and Leonard H. Cohen; a sister, Katy Fried; and three grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 12/24/96

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