Robert F. Lee, 76, owner of business, ad art...

June 21, 1998

Robert F. Lee, 76, owner of business, ad art director

Robert F. Lee, a former advertising agency art director, died of a heart attack Monday at his Towson home. He was 76.

Mr. Lee, who had worked at advertising agencies in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, came to Baltimore in 1968 as art director at VanSant Dugdale advertising agency.

In 1971, he started his own layout, design and typesetting business in Towson, and retired in the mid-1980s.

He was born in Denison, Texas, and raised on Long Island, N.Y. During World War II, he was an Army Air Corps pilot and flew bombers over Europe.

Mr. Lee played the guitar, organ and piano. He also was a watercolorist and enjoyed painting landscapes.

Services were Friday.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Grace Avila; three daughters, Suzanne Reter of Owings Mills, Laumen Lee of Cockeysville and Barbara A. Wilson of Felton, Pa.; a brother, Charles Lee of New York City; and three grandchildren.

Ted V. Smith Sr., 55, postal clerk

Ted V. Smith Sr., a community association president and longtime postal clerk, died in his sleep Tuesday at his home in Northeast Baltimore. He was 55.

Mr. Smith, known as T.V., was born in Baltimore and graduated from Douglass High School in 1960.

He served four years in the Air Force and later took classes at Morgan State University.

He began working for the Postal Service in 1967, and had planned to retire next year from his job as a clerk at the main post office on East Fayette Street.

A community activist, he had been president of the Woodbourne Heights Neighborhood Association for the past four years.

Services will be held at 11: 30 a.m. tomorrow at the March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, the former Edith Brown, who teaches at the city's Brehms Lane Elementary School; two sons, Ted Smith Jr. and Timothy Smith; three daughters, Talainia Smith, Latarsha Sellers and Esther Smith; his mother, Elizabeth Smith; a brother, John M. Smith; two sisters, Loretta Cooper and Linda Worsham; and four grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.

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