Robert Q. Selsor, 78, Bendix administratorRobert Q...

July 27, 1998

Robert Q. Selsor, 78, Bendix administrator

Robert Q. Selsor, a recipient of the Purple Heart and a former administrator of engineering for Bendix Corp., died July 20 of heart failure in a nursing home in Randolph, Wis. The former Hamilton resident was 78.

Born in Danville, Ill., Mr. Selsor came to Baltimore after receiving a Purple Heart in 1945 for wounds he sustained in Okinawa, Japan, while serving in the Coast Guard during World War II, said his son, Robert S. Selsor of Hamilton.

In 1944, he was photographed in uniform by Ernie Pyle, the famous American war correspondent, said his son.

Mr. Selsor was married for 32 years to the former Elaine Stewart, a native of East Baltimore, who died in 1975. Mr. Selsor worked for Bendix Corp. in Towson, now AlliedSignal Inc., until his retirement in 1975. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans.

Services will be private.

In addition to his son, Mr. Selsor is survived by another son, Kurt Selsor of Wannakee, Wis.; a daughter, Elaine Ermer of Sykesville; and nine grandchildren.

John J. Burns, a lifelong Baltimorean who traveled with President Lyndon B. Johnson for the U.S. Customs Service, died Friday of a stroke at Oak Crest Village Care Center in Parkville. He was 81.

Mr. Burns was born in South Baltimore where he met his wife, Margaret McHugh, to whom he was married for 52 years. He graduated from Calvert Hall in 1934.

After jobs with General Motors Corp. and the Social Security Administration, he worked at the U.S. Customs Service for 37 years, eventually becoming a supervisory customs inspector.

For two years during the Johnson administration, Mr. Burns traveled with the president as the Customs Service's liaison to foreign countries, said his daughter, Mollie Burns Adams of Baltimore. He retired in the 1970s.

Mr. Burns lived in Northwood in the city and later in Towson

before moving to Oak Crest Village.

After retirement, he took courses at Essex Community College and was active in the American Association of Retired People, preparing taxes for senior citizens for 20 years as a volunteer, said his daughter.

He was also a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the Maryland Law Enforcement Agents, American Legion Parkville Post 183 and National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He was elected to the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Chapel at Oak Crest Village, 8800 Walther Blvd., Baltimore.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Burns is survived by two other daughters, Kathleen Patterson of Abingdon and Mary Pat Schap of Perry Hall; seven grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

Lewis W. Charlton, 69, insurance agent

Lewis W. Charlton, a longtime Ellicott City insurance agent, died Friday of cancer in a West Palm Beach, Fla., hospice. He was 69.

Mr. Charlton was born in West Baltimore and graduated from Forest Park High School. During World War II he joined the Navy and served aboard the USS Providence, later attending numerous reunions with former shipmates around the country, said his son-in-law, Timothy Carr.

He later worked in various insurance jobs for Fidelity & Deposit Co. and Lutheran Aid Society.

He retired in 1996, after working as an agent for Allstate Insurance in Ellicott City for 37 years.

Mr. Charlton, an Ellicott City resident, was a member of %o Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where he served as comptroller and elder.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Shirley E. Denoe; a brother, John G. Charlton of Naperville, Ill.; a son, Richard L. Charlton of Jupiter, Fla.; a daughter, Barbara Lynn Carr of Marriottsville; and four grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 929 Ingleside Ave., Catonsville.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Building to Share Foundation, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 929 Ingleside Ave., Catonsville 21228.

C. Bernardine Donnelly, 88, Hochschild Kohn employee

C. Bernardine Donnelly, a longtime sales clerk for Hochschild Kohn department store and a St. Joseph Medical Center volunteer, died of cancer Friday in Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville. She was 88.

The former C. Bernardine Lusby, grew up on Preston Street near Greenmount Avenue in the city and graduated from Seton High School in 1927. In 1942, she married Joseph V. Donnelly Jr., who was an Army lieutenant during World War II and later a budget analyst for the state. He died in 1985.

The Donnellys lived in the Anneslie community in Baltimore County. Mrs. Donnelly worked at the Hochschild Kohn store at Belvedere Avenue and York Road for 19 years.

"She was a staple in the linen department. She had customers who came back especially to look for her," said her daughter, Bernardine Garcia of Perry Hall.

In recent years, Mrs. Donnelly was a member of St. Joseph Medical Center auxiliary and worked as a volunteer in the pre-admission testing department, said her daughter.

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