James J. O. Anderson, 81, kitchen equipment salesmanJames...

March 26, 1997

James J. O. Anderson, 81, kitchen equipment salesman

James J. O. Anderson, who sold commercial and residential kitchen equipment for Hobart Corp., died of cancer Saturday at Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. He was 81.

He joined Hobart as a salesman in 1939 and worked in Fargo, N.D., and St. Paul, Minn., before moving to Baltimore in 1951. He retired in 1974 as head of Hobart's regional office here.

Born and raised in Sidney, Ohio, he earned a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and a master's degree from Northwestern University.

During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps in Iceland and the South Pacific, where he worked in intelligence and was the military governor of the island of Savaii in Western Somoa.

From 1945 to 1947, he commanded the ROTC detachment at Dartmouth College, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel before returning to Hobart in 1947.

In retirement, he traveled extensively and played tennis.

He was a contributor to the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Maryland Historical Society, the Walters Art Gallery and the Towson YMCA.

In October 1944, he married Anna Eisenhart, who died in 1986.

Private services were held March 25.

Survivors include two daughters, Katherine Dougall Anderson of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Anna Anderson Borg of Washington; two brothers, John Anderson of Augusta, Ga., and Laurence Anderson of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two sisters, Betsy Kilpatrick, also of St. Petersburg, and Virginia King of Atlanta; and three grandchildren.

Sylvia R. Cohen, 72, health care official

Sylvia R. Cohen, retired director of quality of life programs for Meridian Healthcare, died of lung cancer Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 72 and lived in Mount Washington.

In 1973, Mrs. Cohen joined Meridian, where she also oversaw psycho-social care for nursing home residents, and retired in 1991.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, she was a social worker for Jewish Family Services and director of the women's division of Associated Jewish Charities.

The former Sylvia Resnick was born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Brooklyn College in 1945. In 1969, she earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland.

In 1947, she married Sidney Cohen, a marketing researcher, and the couple settled in Mount Washington in 1961. He died in 1995.

Her professional memberships included the National Association of Social Workers and the Gerontological Association.

She was active in local Democratic Party politics and was a member of the League of Women Voters.

She enjoyed traveling and taking courses at area colleges.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by a son, Paul M. Cohen of San Francisco; two daughters, Sandra Cohen Crute of Baltimore and Laura C. Hewitt of Atlanta; and three grandchildren.

Leon Burrus, 82, machine operator

Leon Burrus, a retired machine operator for the Arundel Corp., died of a heart attack Sunday at Liberty Medical Center. He was 81 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

The native of Norfolk, Va., came to Baltimore as a child and attended city public schools. During World War II, he served in the Army from 1941 to 1945 and joined Arundel the next year. He retired in 1981.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. April 1 at the First Apostolic Faith Church, 27 S. Caroline St.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mahalia Lofland, whom he married in 1947; three sons, Leon Burrus, Allen Burrus and Melvin Robinson, and three daughters, Mahalia Lutz, Ruth Burrus and Annie Burrus, all of Baltimore; two sisters, Thelma Fields of Baltimore and Ruth Hagens of Norfolk; and seven grandchildren.

Pub Date: 3/26/97

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