Norman Abramovitz, 90, Baltimore violinistNorman...

October 10, 1999

Norman Abramovitz, 90, Baltimore violinist

Norman Abramovitz, a Baltimore violinist for 50 years who performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and in local theaters and nightclubs, died Sunday of a heart attack at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Ore. He was 90.

The former Sutton Place resident who had lived in Portland since 1976, played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 1925 until 1941.

A versatile musician whose repertoire ranged from the classical to the latest jazz or dance tune, his Norman Brooks Orchestra was in demand throughout Baltimore.

In addition to playing weddings, bar mitzvahs, and society parties, he played in the Ford's Theater, Maryland Theater and Gayety Theater pit bands. He also performed at the Famous Ballroom and with the Oriole Cafeteria Orchestra that serenaded diners in its restaurants.

He also was a member of the house band at Baltimore's Club Charles and Chanticleer cocktail lounge on North Charles Street.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Abramovitz attended City College and studied violin privately. He retired in 1974.

He had been vice president and an active member for many years of the Musicians Association of Metropolitan Baltimore.

He had been employed in the city Department of Weights and Measures from 1960 to 1970.

He was married in 1941 to Nora Jean Statland, also a BSO violinist.

There are no services.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Abramovitz is survived by a daughter, Marjorie Abramovitz of Portland; a brother, Harold Brooks of Baltimore; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Nellie B. Douglass, 75, administrator, homemaker

Nellie B. Douglass, a homemaker and former Department of Defense administrator, died Oct. 3 of heart failure at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney. The Clarksville resident was 75.

In 1941, Mrs. Douglass came to Washington and took a job with the Defense Department's old Armed Forces Security Agency. She worked there until 1957, when she left the agency to raise her family.

The former Nellie Butler was born and reared in Cheraw, S.C., where she graduated from high school. She was married in 1950 to William F. Douglass, a National Security Agency electrical engineer, who died in 1983.

Mrs. Douglass worked as a volunteer with the developmentally disabled and was an active member of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia, where services were held Wednesday.

She is survived by a son, W. Edwin Douglass of Mesa, Ariz.; a daughter, Donna E. Douglass of Columbia; two brothers, Julius Butler and Franklin Butler, both of Cheraw; and two sisters, Doris Lindberg of Edenton, N.C., and Alene Kapets of Temple Terrace, Fla.

Memorial services

Reuben Kramer: A memorial gathering for sculptor Reuben Kramer will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Avenue. Mr. Kramer, 89, died Sept. 26 at College Manor in Lutherville. An exhibit of his sculptures, photographs and memorabilia will be on display in the college's board room until Oct. 14.

Margaret B. F. Baker: A memorial service for Margaret Binning Fraser Baker, a homemaker and social worker, will be held at 2 p.m. today at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave. Mrs. Baker died Sept. 14 in her sleep at Roland Park Place. She was 90 and had been director of adult services for the Baltimore YWCA before her retirement.

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