Col. Donald H. Hunter, 82, Army microbiologist
Col. Donald H. Hunter, a retired microbiologist with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, died Aug. 16 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson after a series of strokes. He was 82.
Colonel Hunter, who retired in 1976 as assistant chief of bacteriology at Fort Detrick in Frederick, moved to Towson in 1985 after the death of his wife, Doris Judith Aus. They had lived in San Antonio after his retirement.
The native of Madison, S.D., was drafted into the Army and eventually assigned to the 7th Medical Field Laboratory in California. As a member of that unit, he participated in the Normandy invasion and supported Gen. George S. Patton Jr.'s 3rd Army in the campaign for Central Europe.
During his more than 30-year military career, he was a researcher in infectious diseases at a number of posts. He served in Vietnam during that war. Toward the end of his career, he worked on a vaccine for Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
He enjoyed classical music, and owned an extensive collection of cassettes that included music he had taped over the years. Colonel Hunter also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and listening to audiotaped books.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Arlington National Cemetery.
He is survived by a son, David F. Hunter of Towson; a daughter, Susan Hunter Herbert of Valois, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.
Dorothy Weber, 84, Hutzler's sales associate
Dorothy Weber, a former department store sales associate, died Thursday of cancer at her Bolton Hill home. She was 84.
Mrs. Weber worked for many years in the lingerie department of Hutzler's Howard Street store until it closed in the late 1980s.
Dorothy DeRuyter O'Brien was born in Schenley, Pa., and moved to Forest Park, where she graduated from Forest Park High School. As a young woman, she was a model in Baltimore.
In 1961, she married William "Hap" Weber, who died in 1980. She enjoyed traveling with her husband.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 16 at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, Mount Royal and Lafayette avenues.
She is survived by a daughter, Noelle Carol Zeltzman of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.
Charles Edwin Besore, 92, cordage salesman
Charles Edwin Besore, a retired salesman for a Baltimore cordage company, died Friday of pneumonia at Broadmead. The former longtime Towson resident was 92.
Mr. Besore, a resident of the Cockeysville retirement community since 1992, was a salesman for Allied Cordage Co. for 19 years before retiring in 1973. Earlier, he was a salesman for Independent Twin & Yarn Co.
Born and raised on St. Paul Street, Mr. Besore was a 1928 graduate of Boys' Latin School, where he played on the varsity baseball and football teams.
He attended the Johns Hopkins University and, during World War II, was a chief expediter for ships built at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point shipyard.
He was a parishioner for many years at Towson Presbyterian Church, where he also volunteered for Meals On Wheels.
An avid golfer, he was a member of Hillendale Country Club. He gave up the sport at 83 because of failing eyesight.
Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Jessie Bull Harrison; two daughters, Linda B. Miller of Towson and Anne B. Stephanus of Rodgers Forge; and a grandson.
James B. Durham, 17, enjoyed carpentry, science
Services for James Brandon Durham, 17, who recently completed his sophomore year at Fairmount-Harford High School, will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 212 E. 25th St.
Mr. Durham was fatally shot Thursday in the 3600 block of Brehms Lane and died at an area hospital. Police said yesterday that they are investigating.
The Northeast Baltimore resident was remembered by family members as ambitious and talented, and for his willingness to pitch in on home-improvement projects.
"He knew how to put up drywall, spackle and liked to paint. He was also known for his carpentry skills," said an aunt, Linda Davis of Baltimore.
He liked to draw and was interested in science. He also repaired and built bicycles in his back yard.
"He filled the back yard with all kinds of parts and frames, and that's where he would do his work," said his mother, Pamela Reaves.
Mr. Durham who was born in Baltimore, attended Furley Elementary School. As a youngster, he attended David Memorial Baptist Church on North Milton Avenue, where he was a member of the usher board and sang in the children's choir. Several months ago, he was baptized a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church.
A brother, Michael Durham, was robbed and killed in October in Burlington, N.J.
He also is survived by his father, Rodney Durham; a brother, Antione Hopkins, a sister, Brittany Buie, and his paternal grandparents, James and Elizabeth Durham, all of Baltimore; his maternal grandfather, Louis Greene of Catonsville; and his stepfather, Grayland Reaves of Baltimore.