Phyllis S. Buxton, 85, sculptor, Md. educator

April 12, 1997

Phyllis S. Buxton, a retired educator and sculptor, died of pneumonia April 3 at Bryant Woods Inn, a Columbia group home for the elderly. She was 85.

The former Cross Keys and Chevy Chase resident was a special education teacher in Montgomery County schools from 1955 to 1961 and was instrumental in developing classes in Maryland for the developmentally disabled.

Her interest in sculpture began during the 1930s as a student at the University of Michigan, where she studied with the noted sculptor Avard Fairbanks, who designed the Mack Truck bulldog. During the 1960s, she studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington under Pietro Lazzari.

Her work, much of which focused on the abstract beauty of dancers in motion and the developmental stages of babies and children, was first shown at Julius Garfinkle's in Washington and later at galleries in Palm Beach and Naples, Fla., Chicago and New York.

A show of her work at Main Street Gallery, 109 Main St. in Annapolis, will open May 4.

The former Phyllis Swift was born in Boston and raised there and in New York.

Her 42-year marriage to Dr. Rex Ernest Buxton ended in divorce.

A memorial service will be held at 6: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St., where she was a member and sang with the choir.

She is survived by three sons, Robert W. Buxton of Wheaton, Wayne H. Buxton of Richardson, Texas, and David E. Buxton of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.; a daughter, Phyllis Buxton Bright of Kent Island; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Richard C. Blackburn, 71, pharmaceutical salesman

Richard C. Blackburn, a retired pharmaceutical sales representative, died April 5 of cancer at his Catonsville home. He was 71.

Mr. Blackburn retired in 1987 after a 37-year career with the New York-based Winthrop-Sinoff Co.

Born and raised in Franklintown, near Catonsville, Mr. Blackburn was a 1942 graduate of Catonsville High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in 1950. He served with the Army Air Corps from 1944 and was discharged with the rank of aviation cadet in 1945.

He was an usher and an elder at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Catonsville, where services were held Thursday.

An avid gardener and traveler, Mr. Blackburn also enjoyed collecting classical, jazz and big band-era recordings.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Betty Lee Carson; three sons, David Blackburn of Sykesville, Kevin Blackburn of Baltimore and Mark Blackburn of New York City; and a daughter, Cynthia Blackburn of Baltimore.

Memorial donations may be made to the church.

Pub Date: 4/12/97

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