John Nash Alexander, 85, insurance executive, singerJohn...

June 13, 1998

John Nash Alexander, 85, insurance executive, singer

John Nash Alexander, a retired insurance executive and an enthusiast of barbershop quartet singing, died Sunday of cancer at Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm. He was 85.

A former resident of Riderwood and Rodgers Forge, he retired in 1978 after 20 years as an insurance manager at American Mutual Liability Insurance Co. in Towson. Earlier, he had worked for the New York Life Insurance Co.

Mr. Alexander was a past president of the Dundalk chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing.

A bass, he sang for years with Grandmother's Husband's Barbershop Quartet.

Born in Tarboro, N.C., he moved to Baltimore as a child and graduated from McDonogh School in 1930. He later earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore.

During World War II, he served on Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's staff in London and France, and was discharged in 1945 with the rank of major.

In 1942, he married Nora L. Huber, who died in 1995.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 8 in the McDonogh School chapel.

He is survived by three daughters, Jean Alexander of Baltimore, Ashley Dean of Anchorage, Alaska, and Nora Demmert of Bellingham, Wash.; and three grandchildren.

Laura B. Elseroad, 78, teacher and homemaker

Laura B. Elseroad, former educator and homemaker, died Tuesday of heart failure at Preston Memorial Hospital in Kingwood, W.Va. She was 78 and lived in Ijamsville, in Frederick County.

The former Loch Raven and Dundalk resident began her teaching career in the late 1940s in Baltimore public schools and taught at Parkville High School until 1962, when she retired.

Mrs. Elseroad lived in Gaithersburg from 1962 to 1975, then moved to Denver, where she lived until 1980. She then settled in Ijamsville.

She was a charter member of the Loch Raven United Methodist Church and helped found the Loch Raven Woman's Club and later the Woman's Club of Gaithersburg.

She had also been state editor of the Woman's Club newsletter for many years.

Since 1980, she had been an active volunteer with and chairwoman of the emergency room volunteers at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

She was also a member of the Inner Wheel of the Frederick Rotary Club and a member of the committee for the Jeanne Bussard Training Center in Frederick.

The former Laura Breeden was born and raised in West Baltimore and was a 1936 graduate of Forest Park High School.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Western Maryland College in 1940.

In 1942, she married Dr. Homer O. Elseroad, former superintendent of the Montgomery County public schools and assistant superintendent of the Baltimore County schools.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 Padonia Road East in Timonium.

She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, 133 W. Second St., Frederick, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Homer J. Elseroad of Towson and David B. Elseroad of Burtonsville; a brother, George B. Breeden of Sweet Air; and six grandchildren.

Pub Date: 6/13/98

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