Esther Tompkins, 91, civic activistEsther Tompkins, a...

March 12, 1997

Esther Tompkins, 91, civic activist

Esther Tompkins, a longtime Baltimore area resident and civic activist, died of cancer Sunday at the Lutherville home of her daughter. She was 91.

Mrs. Tompkins was past president of the Inner Wheel of the Baltimore Rotary Club and belonged to many other civic organizations, including the Three Arts Club of Homeland, the Woman's Club of Roland Park, the Little Garden Club and the Federated Garden Club of Maryland.

She also was a volunteer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Meals on Wheels.

A native of Malden, Mass., the former Esther Maxfield graduated from Moore College in Philadelphia in 1925.

In 1928, she married Dr. Frank B. Tompkins, an osteopathic physician, and moved to Ruxton. He died in 1959.

Mrs. Tompkins enjoyed gardening, flower arranging and handicrafts.

She was a longtime member and trustee of Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St., where services will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by a son, Richard Deane Tompkins of Rye, N.H.; a daughter, Linda Schneidereith of Lutherville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Edgar Alan Simpson, a retired research chemist, died of cancer Monday at his Severna Park home. He was 78.

Beginning in 1946, he worked as a research chemist for the former Davidson Chemical Co. in Sparrows Point and later at W. R. Grace & Co. in Howard County. He retired in 1981.

The Baltimore native graduated from City College in 1936 and the University of Maryland in 1940. He served in the Navy from 1940 to 1946.

Services will be held at 11: 30 a.m. today at Barranco and Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway.

Survivors include his wife, the former Alvena Halley Depro, whom he married in 1941; two sons, Edgar Alan Simpson Jr. of Ellicott City and Albert Vernon Simpson of Frederick; a daughter, Carole Jeanne Spurrier of Severna Park; his stepmother, Thelma Beth Simpson of Baltimore; a brother, Vernon Reynolds Simpson of Mount Airy; a sister, Elizabeth Louise Seidler of Hampstead; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

John O. Waters, 80, company maintenance chief

John O. Waters, a retired chief of maintenance for a Baltimore juice company, died of cancer March 4 at the home of a daughter in Southwest Baltimore. He was 80.

He retired in 1990 from Tropic Aid Juice Co., where he had been in charge of maintenance since 1982. Previously, the refrigeration specialist worked in a shipyard, dairies and a chemical firm.

The longtime Lansdowne resident was born and raised in Rancocas, N.J., and graduated from schools there.

Graveside services were held Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Mary Elizabeth Shillen; a son, John M. Waters of Baltimore; three daughters, Kathleen McClung and Patricia Lemmerman, both of Lansdowne, and Sheila Beach of Baltimore; a sister, Marion Nystrom of Blades, Del.; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Pub Date: 3/12/97

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