Robert J. Wall Sr., 42, Energy Department official...

March 30, 2000

Robert J. Wall Sr., 42, Energy Department official

Robert J. Wall Sr., director of the special program office of the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, was killed Sunday when his motorcycle collided with a Ford Explorer on Poorhouse Road in La Plata. The La Plata resident was 42.

Mr. Wall, whose work was of a classified nature, had been on the staff of the department for several years. Earlier, he had worked for the Department of Defense.

Born in Mount Hebron in Howard County, he was a 1980 graduate of Mount Hebron High School, where he was a member of the varsity lacrosse team. He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1984.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and attending his children's recreation council games.

He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 207 St. Mary's Ave., La Plata, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, the former Barbara Heaney; a son, Robert J. Wall Jr. of La Plata; a daughter, Stephanie G. Wall of La Plata; his parents, Richard D. Wall Sr. and Ann Gerlach Wall of Mount Hebron; a brother, Richard D. Wall Jr. of New Windsor; and a sister, Susan Lampe of Todd, N.C.

Robert W. Dorsey Sr., 75, CPA, tax consultant

Robert Welsh Dorsey Sr., a retired certified public accountant and tax and estate planning consultant, died Tuesday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson from complications of a stroke. He was 75.

A resident of Armagh Village in North Baltimore since 1970, he retired in 1997 from his tax and estate planning business. He was legislative auditor for the state of Maryland from 1977 to 1987 and had headed a marketing group for General Electric Co. in Hartford, Conn., for 15 years.

Born in Bolton Hill, he was a 1943 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and served with the Merchant Marine during World War II. He received a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., in 1946 and a master's degree in business from the Harvard Business School in 1951.

He was an avid sailor, reader and vegetable and flower gardener. He was a member and past president of the Cosmopolitan Club and belonged to the Timber Ridge Bassetts.

He was a communicant of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Corpus Christi Church, Mount Royal and Lafayette avenues.

He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Estep, whom he married in 1951; two sons, Richard W. Dorsey Jr. of Annapolis and Ridgely E. Dorsey of Boulder, Colo.; four daughters, Anne Berkeley Dorsey and Priscilla Hill Lippincott, both of Rodgers Forge, Elizabeth Hillen Dorsey of Boston and Carol Lilly Nissim of Newtown, Pa.; a sister, Elizabeth Hillen Kinsley of Lutherville; and nine grandchildren.

Jean Maria Celozzi, 77, homemaker, studio model

Jean Maria Celozzi, a homemaker and former studio model, died yesterday at Harbor Hospital Center of pneumonia. She was 77.

A resident of Future Care Canton Harbor nursing home since 1998, Mrs. Celozzi was a longtime East Baltimore resident.

During the 1950s, she modeled fur coats for advertising layouts and also worked as a studio model at the Maryland Institute, College of Art and the Schuler School of Fine Art.

She was born Jean Maria Simpson in Danville, Va., and was raised in Burlington, N.C., where she graduated from high school. She attended Strayer's Business College in Baltimore.

She was married in 1943 to Matthew J. Celozzi.

Mrs. Celozzi performed in Baltimore amateur theatricals and was a member of the Alamedians.

She was a communicant of Our Lady of Pompei Roman Catholic Church, Claremont and Conkling streets, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Dr. Matthew J. Celozzi II of Woodlawn.

Robert S. Custer, 80, official at American Gas Association

Robert S. Custer, retired manager of marketing services for the American Gas Association, died Sunday of a heart attack at his Silver Spring home. He was 80.

In 1969, he joined the association as manager of training services and retired in 1984 as manager of marketing services in Washington.

Born in Northwest Baltimore, he was a 1935 graduate of City College. He worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant before World War II. He enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific. He was discharged in 1945.

Mr. Custer received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Loyola College in 1949, and went to work in New York City for American Standard Inc., manufacturers of plumbing fixtures, in the advertising and sales promotion departments.

He was later promoted to national manager of sales training before he left to join the gas association in 1970.

In 1971, at age 52, Mr. Custer decided to pursue a law degree. He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976.

He was an avid swing music fan.

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