Richard B. Dawson, 76, maintenance mechanicRichard B...

November 14, 1997

Richard B. Dawson, 76, maintenance mechanic

Richard B. Dawson, a retired maintenance mechanic, died of liver failure Tuesday at Lorien Frankford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 76 and lived in Northeast Baltimore.

The 45-year Hamilton resident retired in 1983 from Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, where he worked for 32 years maintaining coke ovens.

He was born in Luke in Allegany County, graduated from Westernport High School in 1941 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a gunner on bombers in the Pacific and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters.

He was a member of American Legion Post 183 in Parkville and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9083.

He coached Little League in Hamilton for many years and was an avid Orioles fan and bowler.

Services are planned for noon today at Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Katherine Wilson; two sons, Alvin N. Dawson of Baltimore and Timothy G. Dawson of Springhill, Fla.; two daughters, Babette B. Bilek of Pasadena and Cinde D. Tofte of Columbia; a brother, Charles W. Dawson of Indiana; two sisters, Nedra D. Patrick of Pennsylvania and Ethel V. Duckworth of Crofton; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Betty C. Walker, 71, real estate agent

Betty C. Walker, a real estate agent, homemaker and volunteer, died of cancer Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Guilford resident was 71.

For the past 15 years, Mrs. Walker had been affiliated with Chase Fitzgerald & Co., a Roland Park realty business.

She had served on the board of Keswick Multi-Care Center and the Florence Crittenden Home and was a longtime volunteer at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

She was a member of the Johns Hopkins Women's Club, the Cliff Dwellers' Garden Club and the Three Arts Club of Homeland.

She was born Betty Jane Couch in New Orleans and raised in Alexandria, La. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Louisiana College in 1947.

In 1947, she married Dr. W. Gordon Walker Sr., a nephrologist, or kidney specialist, and former director of the nephrology department at Hopkins Hospital.

She enjoyed golf, hiking and vacationing at a cabin she and her husband owned in Virginia.

She was an active member of University Baptist Church, 3501 N. Charles St., where a memorial service is planned for 3: 30 p.m. tomorrow.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Dr. W. Gordon Walker Jr. of Los Gatos, Calif., and J. Marshall Walker of Oslo, Norway; two daughters, Dr. Martha Walker of Wintergreen, Va., and Carla Walker of Culpepper, Va.; and three grandchildren.

Pub Date: 11/14/97

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