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January 26, 2001

Ben Kobin, 85, founder, operator of pharmacy

Ben Kobin, a retired Southwest Baltimore pharmacist, died Wednesday at Sinai Hospital after complications from surgery. He was 85 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

He founded and operated Kobin Pharmacy in the Pigtown section of Southwest Baltimore from 1950 to 1980. He also worked part-time for other drug stores before retiring in 1993.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College, where he played varsity football and basketball. He earned a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy at the University of Maryland in 1938.

In 1988, the Maryland Pharmaceutical Association recognized him for his 50 years as a pharmacist.

During World War II, he was an Army medic in France.

He enjoyed reading and attending thoroughbred horse races.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Katherine Reid; three sons, David Kobin, Bruce Kobin and Nathan Kobin, all of Baltimore; a daughter, Barbara Hagy of Ann Arbor, Mich.; a brother, Marvin Kobin of Baltimore; two sisters, Dora Zilber of Miami and Vella Steinberg of Baltimore; nine grandchildren and a great-grandson.

David Sidney Meeks, 35, youth ministry trainer

David Sidney Meeks, a staff trainer with Young Life in Catonsville, died Tuesday of a brain tumor at his Towson home. He was 35.

Since 1986, Mr. Meeks had been associated with Young Life, an international and interdenominational ministry that focuses on young people.

He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor three years ago but kept working. While undergoing radiation treatments, he would offer support and encouragement to other patients.

"He was not afraid of death and ... he was helping others to not be afraid," said his wife of seven years, the former Tracey Roosma.

Born in San Diego and reared in Burke, Va., Mr. Meeks earned a bachelor's degree in communications in 1987 from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

He enjoyed playing guitar and reading and had run three marathons.

He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church, 9505 Deereco Road in Timonium, where services will be held at 10 a.m. today.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Meeks is survived by a son, Tanner Meeks, and a daughter, Kellyn Meeks, both of Towson; his parents, William Ellis Meeks and Jacqueline Pember Meeks, both of Burke; a brother, John W. Meeks of Burke; paternal grandfather, Sidney A. Meeks of Laurel, Miss.; maternal grandmother, Florence M. Pember of Pacifica, Calif; and several nephews and nieces.

Mary Hartley Otremba, 84, bookkeeper, churchwoman

Mary Hartley Otremba, a former bookkeeper and active churchwoman, died Tuesday at Oak Crest Village of dementia. She was 84.

The former Abingdon resident had lived at the Parkville retirement community since 1997.

For many years, Mrs. Otremba was the bookkeeper for her husband's electrical contracting business.

A deeply religious woman, she had been an active member of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Hydes and the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where she had been a Girl Scout leader.

In 1977, she and her husband traveled to Rome to attend the canonization of Bishop John Neuman and attend a Mass celebrated by Pope Paul VI. One of her prized possessions was a rosary that had been blessed by the pope, said a son, Louis J. Otremba Jr. of Bel Air,

To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, she and her husband, Louis J. Otremba Sr., visited the Holy Land and Middle East. She and Mr. Otremba were married in 1944; Mr. Otremba died in 1998.

The former Mary Hartley was born on Linwood Avenue. She was a direct descendant of the Sinclaire family that settled in Talbot County in the late 1600s.

A graduate of St. Bridget parochial school, she did clerical work for the Esskay Quality Meat Co. in Highlandtown before her marriage.

She enjoyed reading and spending time at a condominium in St. Petersburg, Fla.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, 141 Hickory Ave., Bel Air.

She is also survived by another son, Francis Otremba of Trenton, Fla.; a daughter, Barbara Wiegand of Bel Air; a brother, Charles "Buck" Hartley of Baltimore; four sisters, Rita Clark of Millersville, Vickie Riemenschneider of Forest Hill, Gertrude Holt of Baltimore and Rose Stedman of Towson; and six grandchildren.

Sherman S. Roddy, 77, pastor, education minister

The Rev. Sherman S. Roddy, former pastor of Granite Presbyterian Church, died Tuesday of mesothelioma, a disease linked to asbestos, at his home in Granite. He was 77.

From 1982 until he retired in 1993, he was pastor of Granite Presbyterian.

Earlier, he was minister of education at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park from 1977 to 1982.

He was a grief counselor at Arundel Hospice and taught philosophy and ethics at Harford Community College in the 1990s.

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