Thomas Benton Baker, 63, National Guard generalBrig. Gen...

September 17, 1998

Thomas Benton Baker, 63, National Guard general

Brig. Gen. Thomas Benton Baker, retired assistant adjutant general of the Maryland Army National Guard, collapsed Saturday near his Stevensville home and died at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was 63.

He retired in 1997, ending a 40-year military career, during which he rose from private to general, the last eight as assistant adjutant general. He was commissioned a second lieutenant after graduating from officer candidate school in 1960 and was transferred to the Maryland Army National Guard in 1976.

The Baltimore native and Eagle Scout was reared in Towson and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from University of Maryland, College Park.

He served on the Boy Scout Council of the State of Maryland and was a member-at-large of the World War II Memorial Commission.

He was a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church in Stevensville, where services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Betty Lee Sanchez, whom he married in 1959; three daughters, Katherine Lorraine Baker Murphy of Alexandria, Va., Nancy Benton Baker of Stevensville and Barbara Lee Baker Dove of Edgewater; a brother, Donald W. Baker of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

William David Wendell Jr., 78, Navy captain

William David Wendell Jr., a re- tired Navy captain who served during World War II and the Korean War, died of cancer Sept. 9 at his Gibson Island home. He was 78.

The native of New Haven, Conn., graduated from Yale University in the early 1940s and entered the Navy in 1942. During his 14-year career as a Navy pilot, he survived five aircraft crashes.

After retiring from the Navy in 1956, he worked for Martin Co., a Middle River defense contractor; Sanders Associates in Nashua, N.H., as director of military requirements; and Singer Co. in Washington as director of Navy programs and congressional liaison. He retired in 1987.

A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. today at St. Christopher's by the Sea on Gibson Island.

His marriage to the former Betty Jane Steinert ended in divorce.

He is survived by three sons, William David Wendell III of Annapolis, John Matthew Wendell of Pasadena and Andrew Dewey Hatfield Wendell of Gibson Island; a daughter, Betsy Wendell Dugan of Towson; and a granddaughter.

William K. McWilliams Sr., 65, food broker

William Kirkwood McWilliams Sr., a retired Baltimore food broker, died Saturday of liver failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 65 and lived in Crownsville.

In 1995, he joined Eden Tye Food Brokerage, where he was a senior vice president, and retired this month. Earlier, he worked for the W.H. Kirkwood and Hearn-Kirkwood food brokerages.

The Mount Washington native graduated from McDonogh School in 1952, earned a bachelor's degree from University of Virginia and served in the Army from 1956 to 1958.

Services were held Tuesday

He is survived by his wife, the former Rhoda Browning, whom he married in 1956; a son, William Kirkwood McWilliams Jr. of Crownsville; a daughter, Blair McWilliams Buppert of Sparks; a sister, Elaine Shipley of Rodgers Forge; and three grandchildren.

Margaret K. Parsons, 49, Red Cross supervisor

Margaret Katherine Parsons, a registered nurse and former Red Cross supervisor, died Monday of heart failure at her Crofton home. She was 49.

Known as Peggy, she worked as a nurse for many years in Baltimore and Annapolis and became a Red Cross supervisor in Baltimore in the early 1990s. She retired in 1997 for health reasons.

The former Margaret K. Melson was born in Chelsea, Mass., and was reared in Annapolis and Oakland, Calif. She earned bachelor's degrees in history and English from University of Maryland, College Park in 1972 and a nursing degree from Maryland General Hospital in 1979.

She was a member of the University of Maryland Agricultural School Dairy 4-H Club and several book discussion groups. She traveled extensively.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.

She is survived by her husband of 22 years, James Parsons; a son, Matthew Parsons, and a daughter, Elliott Parsons, both at home; her father, Lewis B. Melson of Annapolis; and a sister, Mary M. London of Towson.


Alma S. Larrimore, 88, cared for old indigent home

Alma S. Larrimore, who retired as caretaker of the old Anne Arundel County Home for Indigent Old People, died Sunday of cancer at her Gambrills home. She was 88.

A lifelong Democrat, Mrs. Larrimore served as chief judge of the Anne Arundel County election board until she was 80.

She began her career at the home in 1948 and was matron of elderly care when it was closed in 1965. But she and her husband stayed on as caretakers of the property, which became Londontowne Publik House and Gardens, and she retired in 1977.

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