Bruce H. Patten, 61, city police sergeant Bruce H...

April 17, 2001

Bruce H. Patten, 61, city police sergeant

Bruce H. Patten, a retired Baltimore police sergeant, died Wednesday of a heart attack at his Jarrettsville home. He was 61.

Mr. Patten joined the Police Department in 1967 and assigned as a patrolman to the Southern District. Later, he was a member of the tactical unit and the vice squad. He retired in 1992 as a sergeant in the Southeastern District.

He earned several commendations during his 25-year career.

Born in Allentown, Pa., he was raised in Essex and attended Kenwood High School. In 1957, he enlisted in the Navy, earned his GED and was an aviation boatswain's mate. He was discharged in 1961.

He worked for several years at Continental Can Co. before joining the police.

Mr. Patten was a Mason and a member of the John H. B. Latrobe Lodge No. 165 in Cockeysville.

He was an avid reader of biographies and history.

His marriage to Trudy Peters ended in divorce.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, the former Margaret Waters; four daughters, Karen Patten of Canton, Susan Abdelaziz of Charlotte, N.C., Lisa Gensler of Abingdon and Janice Keramidas of Baltimore; a sister, Dolly Smith of Allentown; and five grandchildren. A stepson, Donald Arthur, died last year. Another stepson, Rodney Arthur, died in 1989.

James Pryor, 78, teacher, hospital administrator

James Alden Pryor, a former hospital administrator and college teacher, died Saturday of respiratory failure at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 78 and lived in Towson.

Mr. Pryor was an administrator at the old Women's Hospital in Bolton Hill until the early 1960s, when it merged with Presbyterian Eye, Ear and Throat Charity Hospital of East Baltimore to form Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Earlier, he worked at several hospitals in Baltimore and Philadelphia.

From the 1960s until the 1980s, he taught financial and tax accounting in Towson State University's evening division.

In the late 1970s, he established the Pryor School of Business, a Towson secretarial school, which he operated until closing it in 1984.

Born in Wilmington, Del., he received a bachelor's degree from Temple University in 1952.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1941 and was stationed in England with the 28th Air Force. He was discharged with the rank of captain in 1945.

Mr. Pryor had a private accounting practice for several clients.

Services are private.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Jean D. Smith; a son, Douglas J. Pryor of Lutherville; a daughter, Denise Pryor Royston of Virginia Beach, Va.; and two brothers, Robert Pryor of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and William Pryor of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Betty Jane B. Butcher, 77, real estate agent

Betty Jane Bowman Butcher, a retired real estate agent who with her husband owned a small country store in Mount Airy, died Thursday of cancer at her Severn home. She was 77.

Born in Alberton, a small mill town on the Patapsco River that was renamed Daniels, she graduated from Forest Park High School in Baltimore in 1942 and attended Western Maryland College. She briefly taught eighth grade at Massanuttan Military Academy in Virginia and lived in Delaware and St. Louis before returning to Maryland.

In the late 1970s, she and her husband opened Butcher's Corner, a small country store, and Mrs. Butcher began a real estate business in part of the building. The building was destroyed by fire a few years later, and she retired.

She enjoyed reading, bird-watching and crossword puzzles.

Her husband, William Butcher, died in 1997. A previous marriage to Earl P. Schubert Sr. ended in divorce.

A memorial service was held yesterday .

She is survived by two sons, Earl "Tom" Schubert Jr. of Annapolis and William Grant Schubert of Houston; a daughter, Sandra Brock of Annapolis; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Edwin Hugh Grant, 87, electrical engineer

Edwin Hugh Grant, a retired electrical engineer and former Rosedale resident, died Thursday of respiratory failure at Oakwood Manor Nursing Home in Bedford, Va. He was 87.

Mr. Grant, who had lived in Bedford since 1989, was for many years in charge of electrical maintenance at Good Humor Ice Cream Co. in Baltimore. He retired in 1981. Earlier, he operated an electrical business. He started his career in 1941 as an electrical engineer at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

Born in Abington, Va., he was raised in Johnson City, Tenn., where he graduated from high school. In 1943, he married Catherine Burk, who died in 1991.

A longtime member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran United Church of Christ in Golden Ring, Mr. Grant offered his electrical and woodworking expertise to many church projects.

Services were held at the church Saturday.

He is survived by four sisters-in-law, Francis Burk and Margaret Burk, both of Baltimore, Ethel Grant Goad of Bedford, Va., and Hilda Deems of Bel Air.

Grace V. Regus, 91, Hutzler's sales associate

Grace V. Regus, former Hutzler's department store sales associate and Catonsville resident, died Friday of a brain tumor at Westminster Care Nursing Home in Orlando, Fla. She was 91.

An Orlando resident since 1989, Mrs. Regus was a sales associate in ladies apparel for 15 years at the now-closed Hutzler's in Westview. She retired in the late 1980s.

Born Grace V. Smith, she was a graduate of Baltimore public schools. In the early 1920s, she married Milton L. Regus, who died in 1967.

She had been a member for many years of the Women's Civic League and Salem Lutheran Church in Catonsville.

She enjoyed reading.

Services are private.

Mrs. Regus is survived by two daughters, Patricia R. Rothar of Orlando and Jeanne Kuller of Nellysford, Va.; and three grandchildren.

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