Benjamin G. Gordon, 77, longtime Baltimore dentist Dr...

February 13, 2000

Benjamin G. Gordon, 77, longtime Baltimore dentist

Dr. Benjamin G. Gordon, a dentist who practiced in Baltimore for 30 years, died Tuesday of pneumonia at Forest Haven Nursing Home. He was 77 and lived in Windsor Hills.

He practiced general dentistry from his Forest Park office until he retired in 1980.

He also financially backed a son's French restaurant -- 2110 -- at 2110 N. Charles St. It garnered many favorable reviews in the 1980s and '90s.

Born in Sandersville, Ga., he was a graduate of Washington Institute and Georgia State College.

In 1954 he received his degree in dentistry from Howard University, where he joined the Alpha Chapter of the Chi Delta Mu fraternity.

He served in the Army in World War II and in the 1950s, when he earned the rank of captain and was stationed at Fort Holabird in Southeast Baltimore.

A member of the Neptune Yacht Club, he was a boater and fisherman and had a slip at the Inner Harbor marina at the foot of Federal Hill.

In the 1960s he married Shirley Lassiter, who survives him.

Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday at the March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.

He is survived by two sons, Benny Gordon Jr. of Randallstown and Richard Alexander Gordon of Pikesville; a daughter, Benita Turner of Pikesville; and six grandchildren.

George D. Francis Sr., 64, Hess Oil Co. supervisor

George D. Francis Sr., a retired Hess Oil Co. supervisor who enjoyed restoring vintage automobiles, died Feb. 6 of heart failure at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 64 and lived in Glen Burnie.

Mr. Francis had worked for Hess for 22 years and was superintendent of the company's Curtis Bay facility when he retired in 1995.

Born and raised in Pigtown, he attended Southern High School and later earned his GED.

Mr. Francis enjoyed NASCAR racing and restoring classic cars, and had completed restoration of a 1965 Ford Mustang.

He was a member of St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Linthicum.

Services were held Friday.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Faith Juanita Braun; three sons, George D. Francis Jr. of Sudlersville, Robert Francis of Linthicum and Steven Francis of Timonium; three brothers, Allen Francis of Pylesville, James Francis and Wallace Francis Jr., both of Baltimore; four sisters, Lillian Brown, Mary Byrd and Edna Weinriech, all of Baltimore, and Woneta Krausman of Lansdowne; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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