C. Stanley Bosley Jr., 81, longtime comptroller at Goucher College

January 28, 2000|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

C. Stanley Bosley Jr., who as Goucher College comptroller for 31 years made sure the books were balanced and necessary disbursements made, died Tuesday of pneumonia at Manor Care-Ruxton. He was 81 and lived in Cockeysville.

A man of medium build who wore glasses and a big smile, and was seldom without his snap-brim fedora, he was one of the most recognized and revered figures on the campus of the Towson college.

Family members said he loved his work and enjoyed working with faculty members and students.

Mr. Bosley went to work as assistant comptroller in 1950, when the college was in Charles Village, housed in a succession of stone and brick Romanesque Revival buildings that dated to the 19th century.

When the college moved to its Towson campus in 1954, Mr. Bosley, with his ledgers and calculators, went, too.

In 1962, he was promoted to comptroller and, in addition to supervising accounting procedures, was in charge of receiving and disbursing all funds and managing the college bank.

"His career literally spanned the days of green eye shades and dip pens to the age of the computer," said Rhoda M. Dorsey, a retired Goucher president whose friendship with Mr. Bosley dated to 1954, when she was a history instructor at the college.

"He was a very amiable man who was precise, careful and conservative. He always had a very large and appreciative view of the college and its students," Dr. Dorsey said yesterday.

Mr. Bosley's work brought him in contact with students and their families, and the sessions could sometimes be tense, especially if there were unexpected charges on a student's bill.

"He always handled these situations with a sense of calm, patience and with great empathy," said Dr. Dorsey.

Doris D. Lawson, who managed the Goucher bookstore from 1954 to 1982, said, "We got along beautifully. He was such a fine man."

Mrs. Lawson was responsible for turning in a monthly report that reflected the store's financial position.

"I had to answer to him," said Mrs. Lawson, a resident of the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson.

"He always wanted things to be right, and I always wanted them to be right. It was strictly business, and my figures always tallied with his," she said.

Mr. Bosley retired in 1981.

Born and raised in Owings Mills, Mr. Bosley was a 1935 graduate of Franklin High School and earned a bachelor's degree from the old Baltimore College of Commerce in 1939.

He began his accounting career working for Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., where he met Lillian Rausch, whom he married in 1946.

He volunteered for many years with United Cerebral Palsy and was an active member of the Cockeysville Optimist Club.

He was a former Sunday school superintendent at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Garrison, and was a member and former treasurer of Sherwood Episcopal Church in Cockeysville.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed woodworking.

"He and a few friends built our first home in Pikesville. For an accountant to know how to build a house is really something," said a son, David S. Bosley of Canton.

Services for Mr. Bosley will be held at 9: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, 10 W. Padonia Road in Timonium.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Bosley is survived by another son, C. Stephen Bosley of Hampstead; a daughter, Sandra L. Bosley of Cockeysville; a brother, Garland A. Bosley of North Little Rock, Ark.; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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