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October 19, 1997

F. R. Vernon-Williams Jr., 83, news photographer

Frederick Royalle Vernon-Williams Jr., 83, a former newspapephotographer and retired camera store employee, died of heart failure Oct. 8 at Memorial Hospital in Easton.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Vernon-Williams attended Roland Park Country School, Gilman School and Tome School, in Port Deposit. At 17, he attempted to swim across the Chesapeake Bay, from Sandy Point to Kent County, but fell a mile short.

He attended the University of Virginia briefly, then left to travel in Cuba and Panama. He returned to Baltimore in the 1930s as a photographer for the News American and later opened a photo studio in Baltimore.

For 20 years, he worked at the Camera Mart on Harford Road, He retired in 1976.

He and his wife, the former Eleanor Dunham, moved to Easton to live in a restored 19th-century carriage house.

Services were private.

Besides his wife of 36 years, he is survived by two nephews, Jacob W. Slagle Jr. of Baltimore and Frederick Vernon-Williams Slagle of Bethany Beach, Del.

Edward Joseph Sary Jr., a benefits authorizer for the Social Security Administration, died of heart failure Tuesday at his workplace in Woodlawn. The Clarksville resident was 50.

A native of Trenton, N.J., Mr. Sary earned a bachelor's degree from Montclair State College and a master's degree in education from Temple University. He was a disabled Army veteran, injured while making a paratroop jump at Fort Bragg, N.C.

His hobbies were photography, in-line skating, ice-skating and sailing.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, the former Charisse Walter; his father, Edward J. Sary Sr. of Bedford, Va.; and two brothers, Charles Sary of Manalapan, N.J., and Bradley Sary of Roebling, N.J.

A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. today at Columbia Church of Religious Science, Hawthorne Center, 6175 Sunny Spring in Columbia.

Robert W. Penn, 69, scientist, sailor

Robert W. Penn, a retired scientist who was an avid sailor and member of the Cambridge Yacht Club, died of a stroke Oct. 14 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Cambridge resident was 69.

Mr. Penn, a native of Medford, Mass., held a doctorate in physical chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. His career was spent with such companies as E.I. du Pont de Nemours and W. R. Grace, and at the National Bureau of Standards, where he worked in the field of rheology, a science dealing with the deformation and flow of matter.

He retired in 1987 and spent much of his time in ocean racing with his boats.

Mr. Penn's marriage to the former Sue Greco ended in divorce.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, the former Anna Ruth Robbins; a son, John G. Penn of Arnold; a daughter, Laura P. Shanley of Annapolis; three stepsons, Gene A. Robbins of Denton and W. Stephen Robbins and David D. Robbins, both of Cambridge; two sisters, Geri Booras of Marseilles, Ill., and Audrey Farnsworth of Auburn, Calif.; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandchild.

Services were held yesterday.

Walter M. Burnham, 97, Overlea grocer

Walter M. Burnham, an Overlea grocer for 32 years, died of heart failure Tuesday at Church Home Hospital in Baltimore. He was 97.

He was born in Front Royal, Va., and grew up in Rosedale.

He worked for Bethlehem Steel before opening his first corner grocery store in Overlea in 1937. He operated the store for 10 years, then sold it.

L In 1921, Mr. Burnham married Edith Dodson, who died in 1984.

He served in the Coast Guard Reserve during World War II.

Mr. Burnham operated four other grocery stores in the Overlea area before he retired in 1969.

He spent his retirement helping other shopkeepers in the area, ++ working weekends as a carpenter and a butcher, according to a daughter, Carol Kemp of Crofton.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by a son, Walter Burnham Jr. of Deltona, Fla.; another daughter, Joyce Puckett of Glen Burnie; and eight grandchildren.

Pub Date: 10/19/97

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