William Buchanan Jr., 80, lobbyist, war veteran William...

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October 17, 2001

William Buchanan Jr., 80, lobbyist, war veteran William Henry Buchanan Jr., a former lobbyist with the National Federation of Independent Business and decorated World War II pilot, died Saturday at St. Joseph Medical Center of complications from open-heart surgery. The Towson resident was 80.

Mr. Buchanan retired in 1986 after 30 years of representing Maryland through the national small-business lobbying organization. "He was well-known in both Washington and Annapolis as `Mr. Federation,'" said his son William Henry Buchanan III of Ruxton.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Buchanan spent his early years in Norfolk, Va. He returned with his family to West Baltimore and graduated in 1940 from Polytechnic Institute.

He enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1942, and served as a pilot with the 491st Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force based in England.

He led more than 75 missions aboard B-17 Flying Fortresses to Eastern Europe, Normandy, the Rhineland and the Ardennes. He was proud of being a member of the Lucky Bastards Club for having flown 50 missions without being hit or shot down

After leaving Europe, he returned to the United States and taught navigation and radar until being discharged in 1946 with the rank of captain. His decorations include Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross with five oak-leaf clusters.

He worked for 10 years on the marketing staff of an office equipment distributor before joining the National Federation of Independent Business.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, Rodgers Forge.

In addition to his son, Mr. Buchanan is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Audrey J. Kamsch; another son, Michael C. Buchanan of Nottingham; and two granddaughters.

Helen E. Stockman, 77, Social Security employee Helen E. Stockman, a retired federal employee and member of religious organizations, died Friday of an apparent heart attack at her Parkville home. She was 77.

Until she retired about 15 years ago, she was a claims reviewer at the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn.

Her volunteer activities included gathering clothing for needy Appalachian families and supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Helen Johnson was born and raised in Edgemere, and was a graduate of Sparrows Point High School.

Her husband of 20 years, attorney Frank Michael Stockman, died in 1970.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church in Parkville, where she was a member, volunteered in its parochial school and belonged to the Sodality and Third Friday Club.

She is survived by two daughters, Karen Jan Valentin of Chase and Germaine Lene Halbrich of Towson; a sister, Charlotte Gunther of Dundalk; and six grandchildren.

Kristin Rita Strouse, 17, fashion design student

Kristin Rita Strouse, a freshman fashion design student at Parsons School of Design in New York's Greenwich Village and a graduate of Towson's Notre Dame Preparatory School, ended her life Thursday in Manhattan. The Cockeysville native was 17.

Miss Strouse had graduated in May from Notre Dame Prep, where she had been a member of the varsity tennis team and active in the school's leadership workshop.

While in high school, she worked as a counselor at Camp Umjia and participated in a mentoring program at St. Vincent's Center in Timonium.

As a small child, she showed an inclination toward the arts.

"She began drawing when she was old enough to hold a pencil and would sit there hour after hour drawing," said her father, Douglas A. Strouse of Cockeysville.

From 1988 to 1996, she studied drawing, pastels and pen and ink at the Renate Duncan Art Studio and drawing, oil painting and watercolors at Muse Art Studio. Both studios are in Timonium.

Two years ago, she began taking college-level courses at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and studied privately with Stacey McKenna and Robert Salizar, faculty members of the school.

While at Notre Dame Prep, she completed a senior-year internship at Gamberdella Formal Wear in Towson, where she worked in the sewing and pattern rooms.

She was a member of the National Art Honor Society.

Miss Strouse was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the auditorium of Notre Dame Preparatory School, 815 Hampton Lane, Towson.

In addition to her father, Miss Strouse is survived by her mother, Sharon T. Strouse, also of Cockeysville; a brother, Kevin D. Strouse of Philadelphia; a sister, Kimberly A. Strouse of New York City; paternal grandmother, Nancy Strouse Lederman of Catonsville; and maternal grandmother, Devona R. Toher of Mays Chapel.

Howard B. Trice, 83, Bethlehem Steel foreman Howard Benjamin Trice, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. foreman, died of a respiratory ailment Sunday at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland. The Rosedale resident was 83.

He retired in 1978 as a coke oven foreman at the Sparrows Point plant after 30 years with the steel mill.

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