Ralph E. Phillips, 79, broker, broadcasterRalph E...

December 14, 1999

Ralph E. Phillips, 79, broker, broadcaster

Ralph E. Phillips, a former broadcasting executive who later managed a suburban office for Prudential-Bache Securities, died Friday of lymphoma at his home on Hopkins Creek in Essex. He was 79.

Mr. Phillips retired in 1990 from the Pikesville office of Prudential-Bache Securities, which he managed for several years. He began his brokerage career in the mid-1960s, when he became a broker with Auchincloss, Parker and Redpath and later joined the firm of Thomson McKinnon.

Born in Boston and raised in Charlestown, R.I., where he graduated from high school, Mr. Phillips moved to Baltimore to study trumpet at Peabody Conservatory of Music.

After graduating, he played with the Dean Hudson Orchestra until enlisting in the Army. During World War II, he served as leader of the 483rd Services Unit Band.

After the war, he returned to Baltimore and performed in local nightclubs before becoming a vocalist on WFBR Radio's Club 1300 in the late 1940s. By 1952, Mr. Phillips was a regular on WFBR's "Melody Ballroom," with radio personality Bill LeFevre.

He later was program manager for WFBR before joining WBAL Radio, where he was station manager, in the early 1960s.

An active member of Alcoholics Anonymous since 1978, Mr. Phillips served on the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and was a past president of the board of Quarter Way Houses Inc., a halfway house for recovering alcoholics.

Mr. Phillips was a volunteer at Franklin Square Hospital Center and enjoyed boating, sailing and playing jazz trumpet with a community college orchestra.

He also was a volunteer reader for Baltimore School for the Blind and was a member of the Maryland Commission on Children and Youth. He served on numerous committees at the Towson YMCA.

He was married in 1941 to Margaret Emma Ashe, who died many years ago.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

Mr. Phillips is survived by his wife of 19 years, the former Patricia Frazier; a son, Ralph E. "Ted" Phillips of Baltimore; two stepdaughters, Alice A. Reid of Baltimore and Lani A. Frazier of Cary, N.C.; two grandchildren; and a niece.

Duke Adams Jr., 78, ship-repair company owner

Duke Adams Jr., who served in the Navy through World War II and was a partner in a Baltimore ship-repair company, died Thursday of a stroke at Mariner Nursing Home in Overlea. A Lochearn resident since 1952, he was 78.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Adams attended McDonogh School before he enlisted in the Navy in 1940. As a chief petty officer, he participated in the invasion of Saipan and the Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands.

In 1945, he returned to Baltimore and joined Maryland Ship Ceiling Co. Inc., a company his father founded. The company secured cargo and provided lumber and paint for ships. Mr. Adams was a partner in the firm, which closed after he retired in the 1980s.

Beginning as a boy, Mr. Adams enjoyed racing Chesapeake Bay log canoes. He won several trophies, as had his father. He also was an avid power-boat racer. In his later years, he liked to run "chase" boats -- taking crews' family members and others out to watch the races.

Funeral services will be private.

He was married in 1945 to Georgia E. McClelland, who survives him. He also is survived by two sons, Duke Adams III of Davidsonville and Guy Adams of Marriottsville; and three grandchildren.

Colleen Faye Yoder, 67, pharmacy clerk, cashier

Colleen Faye Yoder, a longtime employee of a Harford County pharmacy, died Friday of congestive heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. She was 67.

A resident of Street since 1952, Mrs. Yoder was employed as a clerk and cashier at Whiteford Pharmacy in Whiteford for 34 years before retiring in 1996.

The former Colleen Faye Yoder was born of Amish and Mennonite heritage in Grantsville. She was a 1949 graduate of Allegany High School in Cumberland, and married Edward D. Yoder in 1950. The couple celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary Dec. 2.

Mrs. Yoder enjoyed gardening and photography. She also liked collecting antiques and items related to the Amish.

She was a member of Emory United Methodist Church in Street, where services were held yesterday.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Yoder is survived by a daughter, Debra Yoder Harkins of Whiteford; two brothers, Olin Yoder of Linthicum and Gary Yoder of McHenry; a sister, Mary Yoder O'Brien of Alexandria, Va.; and two granddaughters.

Sister Elizabeth Durney, 77, nurse, hospital administrator

Sister Elizabeth Durney, a Baltimore-trained registered nurse and hospital administrator, died Thursday of cancer at a Sisters of Bon Secours facility in Richmond, Va. She was 77.

Sister Elizabeth was born and raised in Wilmington, Del., where she graduated from high school. She worked for a telephone company before entering the Congregation of Bon Secours in 1952. She professed her vows in 1954 and earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the Bon Secours Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore in 1956.

Sister Elizabeth served in many capacities, including assistant director of nursing and community health liaison at Bon Secours hospitals in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Virginia.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday at St. Bridget Roman Catholic Church in Richmond, Va.

She is survived by two sisters, Sister Katherine Ann Durney of Norfolk, Va., and Eleanor Lemon of Texas.

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