Rev. Theodore L. Barber, 70, church activist The Rev...

April 01, 2000

Rev. Theodore L. Barber, 70, church activist

The Rev. Theodore L. Barber, a Pen Lucy-Govans area church activist and retired postal employee, died Monday of a heart attack. He was stricken at a Laurel restaurant near his home.

He was 70 and had previously lived in Govans and in Woodlawn.

He was chairman of the ministerial board of Refuge Way of the Cross Church, an apostolic holiness congregation in the Govans-Pen Lucy section of North Baltimore, where he was also a former chairman of its trustee board.

FOR THE RECORD - Robert W. Dorsey Sr.: In an obituary Thursday for Robert W. Dorsey Sr., a surviving son, Robert W. Dorsey Jr. of Annapolis, was misidentified. The Sun regrets the error.

He was vice president of the Refuge Housing Project and negotiated real estate and home renovation projects for his church. He previously served in the Govans and Woodmoor community associations.

Employed by the Postal Service for 34 years, he retired several years ago as an inspection officer. Earlier, he was an A&P employee at the McMechen Street grocery store in Bolton Hill.

At the time of his death, he was employed in his daughter's law firm as a courier and legal assistant.

He studied theology at the College of Notre Dame, Arlington Bible College and Liberty Bible College. He had an associate arts degree in criminal justice from Catonsville Community College.

Born in Chester County, S.C., he was raised in Rock Hill, S.C., where he attended schools. He moved to Baltimore in 1957.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Refuge Way of the Cross Church, Old York Road and East 43rd Street.

He is survived by his wife, the former Pauline Boyd of Laurel; a son, Paul Brien Barber of Norfolk, Va.; two daughters, Marilyn Annette Barber and Claudia Barber, both of Laurel; four brothers, Isaiah Barber, Olin Barber and Murray Barber, all of Baltimore and William Barber of Rock Hill, S.C.; four sisters, Edna Barber, Janie Blake, Eldora Barber and Brenda Thompson of Rock Hill, S.C.; and two grandchildren.

Robert Welsh 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.

Donald M. Adams, 83, manager in state agency

Donald M. Adams, a retired state employee, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his Winchester Street home in Northwest Baltimore. He was 83.

Mr. Adams retired 17 years ago as a manager in the Department of Employment. Born in Baltimore, he was a 1935 graduate of Douglass High School. He attended Coppin State College.

He served in the Army during World War II, attended officer training school and was discharged with the rank of lieutenant.

He was a member of the East Baltimore Oldtimers' Club and served as its treasurer.

Services will be private.

He is survived by a son, Donald M. Knox of Baltimore; and a cousin, Wilbert Marchant of Baltimore.

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