Thomas Raby III, 82, salesman and sloop racerThomas Raby...

May 02, 1998

Thomas Raby III, 82, salesman and sloop racer

Thomas Raby III, a former salesman and avid sailor, died Sunday of pneumonia at Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 82 and lived in Grasonville.

Mr. Raby, who was retired from Owens-Illinois Glass Co., was born in Philadelphia and educated there. He served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II.

During the 1960s, the longtime Eastern Shore resident sailed his sloop, Desire, in the Newport-to-Bermuda race and participated as a crew member.

A memorial service will be held at noon Monday in Philadelphia.

He is survived by a daughter, Sue Ellen Raby of Corte Madera, Calif.; a brother, Robert Raby of Florida; three sisters, Barbara Weiss and Mary Jane Dawson, both of Philadelphia, and Betty Brown Raby of New Milford, Conn.; and a granddaughter.

John R. Murphy, 72, Westinghouse engineer

John R. Murphy, a retired Westinghouse engineer, died Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson of heart failure. The Cockeysville resident was 72.

A native of South Baltimore, he graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1944 and served as a sergeant in the Air Force until his discharge in 1946. He graduated from the University of Baltimore in 1954.

Mr. Murphy began working at Westinghouse in 1957 and held various positions, including manager of manufacturing and mechanical engineering. He retired in 1991.

Mr. Murphy enjoyed frequent trips to Ocean City, tennis and tending his lawn and gardens.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church at 101 Church Lane in Texas.

He is survived by his wife, the former R. Anne Webster, whom he married in 1949; one daughter, Sheila M. Rochfort of Parkville; and two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 5/02/98

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