Washington C. Dorsey, 81, bus driver, active in church...

April 22, 2000

Washington C. Dorsey, 81, bus driver, active in church

Washington C. Dorsey, a retired Mass Transit Administration bus driver who was an active member of Old Asbury United Methodist Church for nearly 70 years, died April 15 from complications of a stroke at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital in Northwest Baltimore. He was 81.

A West Baltimore resident, Mr. Dorsey worked for more than 30 years for the MTA, retiring in the 1970s. He began driving buses for the old Baltimore Transit Co. after World War II and was assigned throughout his career to the Bush Street Division.

Known as Wash, he was born in East Baltimore and graduated from Douglass High School. During World War II, he served in the Army.

At Old Asbury United Methodist Church in East Baltimore -- now Christ United Methodist Church -- he sang with the senior choir, was active in Methodist Men and worked in the soup kitchen. He also served on the finance committee and played organ and piano.

He particularly liked working in the soup kitchen, to which he donated food and money, said family members.

In 1949, he married Frances Wilson, who died in March.

He enjoyed traveling, bowling, coin collecting, vegetable gardening and canning.

Services for Mr. Dorsey will be held at 11: 30 a.m. Monday at Christ United Methodist Church, Chase and Washington streets.

He is survived by three sisters, Beulah Francis, Eleanora Edmonds and Savilla Dorsey, all of Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews.

Richard W. Cooper, 87, helped in postwar Germany

Richard W. Cooper, a civil servant who helped set up the reconstructed Germany after World War II, died Tuesday of Parkinson's disease at Vantage House retirement community in Columbia. He was 87.

A Seattle native, Mr. Cooper earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of California at Berkeley in 1936. He worked for California's government before moving to the Washington area to work for federal agencies as a personnel administrator. He served in the Coast Guard Reserve on the Potomac River during World War II.

After the war, Mr. Cooper spent four years in Frankfurt, Germany, with the Allies' High Command, helping to rebuild the country. He began writing regulations for the German civil service in 1948 before returning to the United States in 1952.

He married Beatrice Reilly Whitcomb of Green Bay, Wis., in 1949 in Germany. She died of pneumonia in December 1997.

In 1958, Mr. Cooper settled in Baltimore, working for the Social Security Administration until his retirement to Sarasota, Fla., in 1976.

Mr. Cooper was a staunch Democrat and an active member of the American Civil Liberties Union in his retirement. He enjoyed boating on the Chesapeake Bay and investing.

No services will be held.

He is survived by his sons, Richard N. Cooper of Cambridge, Mass., and Robert Cooper of Quaker City, Ohio; a stepson, Philip Hesse of Ellicott City; a stepdaughter, Patricia Sher of Silver Spring; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Rev. Philip C. Edwards, 97, Baltimore area minister

The Rev. Philip C. Edwards, a retired United Methodist Church minister who served at several churches in the Baltimore area, died Wednesday of respiratory arrest at Asbury Methodist Health Care Center in Gaithersburg. He was 97.

He started his career in 1927 at Grace United Methodist Church, on North Charles Street, where he was assistant pastor for two years. After stints at various churches in the Baltimore-Washington area and serving as assistant to the president at Ohio Wesleyan University, he returned to Baltimore in 1940. He was pastor of Govans United Methodist Church in Baltimore from 1940 to 1944.

He was executive secretary of the Baltimore Conference Board of Missions from 1955 to 1958, and was the coordinator of urban work for the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church from 1968 to 1970.

He retired from active ministry in 1975 and was a member of the North Bethesda United Methodist Church in Bethesda.

Mr. Edwards was president of the Silver Spring Kiwanis Club and was a trustee of the N.M. Carroll Home for the Aged of Baltimore. He was also a trustee of Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg from 1950 to 1989, and a building there is named for him.

A memorial service will be held May 11 at 11 a.m. in the Guild Chapel at the Asbury Home.

His first two wives, Virginia Fleming Edwards and Irene Pope Edwards, and a son, John Fleming Edwards, predeceased him.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dr. Mary Alice D. Edwards of Bethesda; a daughter, Jean Jackson of Davidson, N.C.; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

Kathleen L. Zirpoli, 45, teacher, missionary worker

Kathleen L. Zirpoli, an elementary-school teacher and missionary worker for the Church of the Brethren, died Tuesday of a brain tumor in a California hospital. She was 45.

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