Robert Augur Beer, 72, banker, Rouse Co. employeeRobert...

April 13, 1997

Robert Augur Beer, 72, banker, Rouse Co. employee

Robert Augur Beer, a Washington mortgage banker and polo enthusiast who was one of the first employees of the Rouse Co., died of pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease Friday at Charlotte Hall nursing home in St. Mary's County. He was 72.

Born in Baltimore and raised by his grandfather after his father's death from tuberculosis, he was a boarding student at McDonogh School for nine years, graduating in 1942. At McDonogh, he learned to ride horses and acquired a passion for polo and lacrosse.

He left Duke University after a year to enlist in the Navy. He served on PT boats in the Pacific and saw frequent combat during World War II. His unit helped escort Gen. Douglas MacArthur back to the Philippines in 1944, said a son, Tracy Augur Beer of Annapolis.

Returning after the war, he went to work for the Rouse Co. and, in 1950, married Kathleen Costello. They lived in Butler, then in Potomac. He was sent to Washington in 1957 to open a Rouse office, and, two years later, went to work for Ivor B. Clark Co., a mortgage banking business, where he rose to president.

He was a founder of the Lincoln Mall and Potomac polo clubs and was active in Maryland Lacrosse Club, Potomac Polo School and Potomac Bridle Trail Association.

Surviving, in addition to his wife and son, are another son, Robert Carey Beer of Middleburg, Va.; a daughter, Elizabeth West Beer of Poolesville; and three grandchildren.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac.

Roy Judson Burroughs, 94, economist

Roy Judson Burroughs, 94, a retired federal government and university economist, died of cancer March 26 at Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville. A memorial service was held there March 31.

Mr. Burroughs was an economist for government agencies, and worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of International Housing for the 18 years before his he retired in 1969.

Born in what was then the Oklahoma Territory, Mr. Burroughs graduated from Oklahoma State University and earned master's and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of Michigan. He later taught there, at Michigan State University, American University and, after retiring from the federal government, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

He lived for more than 30 years in Kensington and moved to Fairhaven in 1980. He was a member of the Masons in Kensington and St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Sykesville.

His first wife, the former Grace Cannon, died in 1987. He is survived by his wife of eight years, the former Norma Louise Leonard; a daughter, Elizabeth Skinner of Pittsburgh; two sons, J. B. Burroughs of Kuwait and Paul M. Burroughs of Anchorage, Alaska; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 4/13/97

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