Frank J. Blair, 85, attorney, helped needyFrank J. Blair...

May 21, 1999

Frank J. Blair, 85, attorney, helped needy

Frank J. Blair, a Southwest Baltimore attorney who provided free legal services to the needy, died Monday of pneumonia at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was 85.

Mr. Blair, who lived in Annapolis, had a general legal practice on Washington Boulevard for nearly 50 years.

"He was a man of immense charity who was known for the great amount of pro bono work that he did for the needy who found their way to his office," said the Rev. Michael J. Roach, pastor of St. Bartholomew's Roman Catholic Church in Manchester, formerly pastor of St. Peter the Apostle at Poppleton and Hollins streets.

Father Roach said Mr. Blair helped support several churches, including St. Peter the Apostle.

Born and reared in the 1300 block of W. Lombard St., Mr. Blair was a graduate of Loyola High School and Loyola College. He earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore Law School in 1938 and a certificate from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1961.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces and was discharged with the rank of captain.

A former assistant city solicitor, he was a member of the Maryland Constitutional Convention Committee, the Maryland and Baltimore bar associations, the Knights of Columbus, SERRA Club, Moose Lodge No. 1456, the Hamilton American Legion Post and the 6th District Democratic Club.

He was a communicant of St. Andrew By The Bay Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday .

He is survived by his wife of a month, the former Kathleen Thalheimer, a friend of 42 years; a sister, Bessie Rothenhoeffer of Crofton; and a niece.

Richard Dow Newton, 76, Sinai Hospital worker

Richard Dow Newton, a retired Sinai Hospital employee, died of a heart attack Monday at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 76 and lived in Pikesville.

He retired from Sinai Hospital about 10 years ago and had earlier worked for Maryland National Bank.

After retiring, he was a foster grandparent for Baltimore children for the state's juvenile services agency.

The Baltimore native was a 1940 graduate of Douglass High School and served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

In 1950, he married Elsie Louise Parker, who survives him.

Mr. Newton was a lifelong communicant of St. Katherine of Alexandria Episcopal Church, Presstman and Division streets, where funeral services were set for 6: 30 p.m. today.

He also is survived by a daughter, Lisa P. Newton of Randallstown; and a brother, Peter Zouck Newton of Baltimore.

Memorial service

Katharine E. Ascherfeld, a former longtime Harford County government receptionist from Jarrettsville who died April 16 at age 94 in Portland, Ore., will be honored at an 11 a.m. memorial service Monday at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 4135 Norrisville Road, White Hall.

Pub Date: 5/21/99

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