Marjorie E. Swearman, 75, Hopkins lab secretary...

February 21, 2000

Marjorie E. Swearman, 75, Hopkins lab secretary

Marjorie Elizabeth Swearman, a retired executive secretary, died Thursday of pulmonary fibrosis at Fallston General Hospital. She was 75 and lived in Forest Hill.

The former Elkridge resident began her career at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory's Laurel facility in 1963 as a group secretary and was later promoted to executive secretary. She retired in 1984 and moved to Queenstown.

She lived in Forest Hill for a year.

The former Marjorie Elizabeth Andrews was born in Halethorpe and graduated from Catonsville High School.

She sang with the choir of Arbutus United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star of Halethorpe and was a member of the Homemakers' Association of Queenstown. She was a longtime volunteer with the Hospice of Queen Anne's County.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 106 Shamrock Road, Chester.

Mrs. Swearman is survived by her husband, Thomas W. Swearman, whom she married in 1943; two sons, Douglas J. Swearman of Columbia and Barron Swearman of Bel Air; a brother, Kenneth Andrews of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

Ann Cooper Snyder, 80, social worker

Ann Cooper Snyder, a former social worker, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Washington Hospital Center. She was 80 and lived in Kensington.

She was born in Baltimore and raised in Denton, Ocean City and Baltimore, where she graduated from Western High School in 1937. In 1941, she received a bachelor's degree in history from Goucher College and married John Magee Snyder. The couple lived in Govans until moving to Kensington in 1958.

She was a social worker in Baltimore for several years before quitting to raise a family.

Mrs. Snyder was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Eastern Shore Genealogical Society and the Kensington Garden Club.

She served as chairwoman of the board of the Baltimore YWCA in the 1950s.

She enjoyed traveling and was an accomplished bridge player. She was named a life master in the American Contract Bridge League in 1973.

Her husband died in 1988. Her son, John Cooper Snyder, died in 1968.

She was a member of St. Paul's Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Brown of Monkton; and three grandchildren.

Gordon E. Sugar, 79, custom home developer

Gordon E. Sugar, a developer of custom homes for 50 years and one of the first to build outside the Beltway in Baltimore County, died Friday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from pneumonia. The Stevenson resident was 79.

Through his company, Gordon E. Sugar Inc., he built several hundred houses in the Stevenson Road area, starting in the late 1940s. Most of the houses featured nearly flat roofs and glassed-in areas, and made use of the landscape.

"He wanted to be able to see outside. He loved light and trees," said his daughter, Susan Sugar Nathan of Ruxton. "Each home was unique to the site it was on.

"His focus was his work and his family," she said.

In the late 1960s, he built Stevenson Village, an apartment complex that is now condominiums. Twenty-three years ago, he started Pomona, a complex on the former Hutzler estate off Reisterstown Road. It includes gardens, mid-rise apartments and a commercial center.

Born in Bennettsville, S.C., he moved to Baltimore when he was a child. He graduated from Forest Park High School.

He served in the Navy in World War II, spending about two years in Africa.

He married Lucille Waldman in 1951.

He enjoyed swimming, skiing and tennis, as well as traveling.

Private funeral services were held yesterday.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by two grandchildren.

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