Robert N. Schmidt Sr., 77, president of real estate...

August 11, 1998

Robert N. Schmidt Sr., 77, president of real estate firm

Robert N. Schmidt Sr., who retired as president of a real estate firm, died Sunday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Lutherville resident was 77.

Mr. Schmidt joined Russell T. Baker & Co. in 1953 and was appointed president in 1972. In 1985, the firm was acquired by Coldwell Banker and he continued as president of the combined companies until he retired in 1988.

At the time of the acquisition, Russell T. Baker was one of the largest residential real estate brokerages in Maryland.

Mr. Schmidt had been a director of the National Association of Realtors, and president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors and the Maryland Association of Realtors.

He was named Realtor of the Year by the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors in 1971 and later was given its Lifetime Service Award.

Mr. Schmidt, who was born in Pittsburgh, graduated from Baltimore City College and attended the Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941, and served as a communications specialist in Europe. He was discharged in 1945.

In 1945, he established Charles Chips Co., which delivered potato chips, pretzels and other snacks to customers' homes. He sold the business in the early 1950s.

Mr. Schmidt, who had been a longtime resident of Homeland, was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and a director of the Baltimore City Commission on Governmental Efficiency and Economy.

He was a member of the Rotary Club of Towson, the Baltimore Country Club, the Baltimore Yacht Club and the Paint and Powder Club. He also belonged to several Masonic organizations.

He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, St. Paul Street and Charlcote Road, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 18.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Dulkerian, whom he married in 1949; a son, Robert N. Schmidt Jr. of Orlando, Fla.; two daughters, Ann Schmidt Wiltzius of Millington, N.J., and Stephanie Schmidt Graham of Timonium; two sisters, Jane Nims of Catonsville and Meredith Kelly of Easton; and six grandchildren.

Samuel R. Tome Jr., who retired as president of the Cecil County towing company he founded, died Saturday of cancer at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace. He was 79 and lived in Colora.

Mr. Tome, who was known as "Doc," founded Craigtown Auto Inc. in 1960 in Craigtown. He retired in 1991 and the business is owned and operated by several of his sons.

Mr. Tome was a mechanic for the State Highway Administration from 1961 to 1971. That year, he became a boiler operator at Perry Point Veterans Hospital and retired in 1989.

During World War II, he was a boiler operator at Bainbridge Naval Training Center.

"He loved working and was a hard worker," said a son, Richard C. Tome of Havre de Grace. "He'd work 18 or 19 hours a day. Work really was his hobby."

Mr. Tome was a longtime resident of Port Deposit before he moved to Colora nearly two years ago. He was born in Liberty Grove, Cecil County, and attended the Jacob Tome Institute until the 10th grade, when he left to work on the family farm.

He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

In 1934, he married Leah Bryson, who died in 1994.

Services for Mr. Tome will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Patterson Funeral Home, 1493 Clayton St., Perryville.

He is survived by his wife of two years, the former Verna E. Owens; five other sons, Roland W. Tome, Robert B. Tome, Raymond D. Tome, Ralph V. Tome and Samuel R. Tome III, all of Port Deposit; a daughter, Ruth Ann Pierce of Rising Sun; a stepson, Arthur W. Owens Jr. of Rising Sun; two stepdaughters, Alice W. Mains of Colora and Gloria E. Dixon of Easton; two sisters, Clara T. Spencer of Port Deposit and Martha T. Burlin of Abingdon; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.

! Pub date: 8/11/98

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