Earl Ellwood Beam, 83, hospital executiveEarl Ellwood...

March 04, 1997

Earl Ellwood Beam, 83, hospital executive

Earl Ellwood Beam, who retired as director of personnel at Maryland General Hospital, died of pneumonia Jan. 21 at Howard County General Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 83.

He retired in 1978 after nine years at Maryland General. Previously, he had been a vice president of a food service company and had worked for General Electric Co. and Western Electric Co.

The Baltimore native was raised in Reisterstown and earned a bachelor's degree from the old Towson State Normal School. He taught for several years at the Maryland School for the Deaf and in Baltimore public schools.

Services were private. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Charlotte Orem; two daughters, Pam Blose of Ellicott City and Susan Kirker of Eldersburg; two brothers, Tom Beam of Reisterstown and Merlin Beam of Gettysburg, Pa.; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Hubert Roe Chaffee, 84, Coast Guard captain

Hubert Roe Chaffee, a retired Coast Guard captain, died of brain cancer Feb. 18 at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 84 and had lived in the Baltimore area for 40 years and in Columbia for the past 19 years.

He retired from the Coast Guard in 1967 and joined the Merchant Marine as a chief engineer and first mate, working out of the Port of Baltimore. He retired again in 1981.

In 1929, Captain Chaffee entered the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., where he played football and was on the cross-country track team. He graduated in 1933.

During World War II, he was an officer on ships that hunted Nazi U-boats in the North Atlantic.

He became a captain in the 1950s and commanded various ships. In 1957, he was named commander of the Curtis Bay shipyard. From 1962-1967, he supervised the shipyard in Cleveland that had responsibility for the Great Lakes.

Born in Washington state, Captain Chaffee grew up in Bremerton, Wash., an island off Seattle, where he became an Eagle Scout.

In 1939, he married his childhood sweetheart, Charlotte Hess.

Captain Chaffee was known for going out of his way to help motorists or anyone in distress.

He was a member of the Gideons International and a volunteer in a Christian prison ministries program and other Christian organizations.

A memorial service will be held at 9: 30 a.m. today at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, 2600 Marriottsville Road in Marriottsville.

In addition to his wife, Captain Chaffee is survived by a daughter, Judi Culbertson Randall of Port Jefferson, N.Y.; two sons, John Hubert Chaffee of New York City and Charles David Chaffee of Columbia; a sister, Margie Howell of Bothell, Wash.; a brother, the Rev. Clifford Chaffee of Duarte, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

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