McPherson G. Hoffman, 68, Treasury manager McPherson G...

November 16, 2001

McPherson G. Hoffman, 68, Treasury manager

McPherson G. Hoffman, a former telecommunications manager with the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, died Monday of lymphoma at his Burtonsville home. He was 68.

Mr. Hoffman had lived in Cockeysville for 33 years and had a second home in Burtonsville.

He retired in September from the Treasury Department, where for 12 years he had been chief financial and budget officer of its communication systems department.

He began his career in 1959 with Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., where he worked as a manager in human resources, personnel, operations and administrative management. In 1984, he took a similar position with American Telephone & Telegraph.

Mr. Hoffman was born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., and served in a Marine Corps telecommunications unit during the Korean War. He was discharged in 1954, holding the rank of sergeant.

He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from Gettysburg College in 1959.

Mr. Hoffman was a communicant of Epiphany Episcopal Church, 2216 Pot Spring Road, Timonium, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow .

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, the former Patricia Boehm; a son, Keith Hoffman of Leesburg, Va.; two daughters, Kelly Field of Leesburg and Keirney Vandiver of Towson; a sister, Barrie Haynes of Pittsburgh; and seven grandchildren.

Josephine Torino, 88, china shop manager

Josephine Torino, retired assistant manager of an Eastpoint Mall china shop and longtime volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital, died Wednesday of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. She was 88.

For 20 years until retiring in the early 1980s, Mrs. Torino was assistant manager of the Colonial China Shop at Eastpoint.

Born Josephine Banacchione in Tyler, Pa., the daughter of Italian immigrants, she moved to Baltimore's Little Italy as a child and attended city public schools. She was married in 1931 to Michael F. Torino Sr., who died in 1958.

She was active in volunteer endeavors at the Joseph Center for Senior Citizens in Fells Point, and the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Little Flower, 3500 Belair Road, where she was a communicant and a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by a son, Michael F. Torino Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Frances T. Bond of Towson; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Norman Raymond, 89, electrical engineer

Norman Raymond, a retired electrical engineer, died Tuesday of complications from an intestinal blockage at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 89 and lived in Towson.

He worked for Bendix Radio Corp. on Joppa Road from 1943 until his retirement in 1972, then for Staff Builders and as an accountant for the state government. He retired about 20 years ago.

Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he was a 1935 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., where he earned a degree in electrical engineering.

A member of Towson Presbyterian Church, he was a weekly Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Mr. Raymond was an avid duckpin bowler who belonged to three leagues.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, Rodgers Forge.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 56 years, the former Ruth Dodson; a son, Bruce D. Raymond of Poughkeepsie; a daughter, Susan R. Brookover of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Doris J. Suter, 69, chief of Balto. County elections

Doris J. Suter, who was Baltimore County supervisor of elections, died Monday of lung cancer at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. She was 69 and lived in Sparks.

As supervisor of the state's second-largest elections office, Mrs. Suter was responsible for 357,534 voters in 187 precincts.

She managed a budget of $2.2 million, supervised a staff of 17, trained 2,400 poll judges and helped prepare sample ballots that were mailed to the county's eligible voters.

Her staff also verified signatures on all liquor license renewals and conducted voter registration drives.

Mrs. Suter, who was a Democrat and was known as "Dor," began working for the election board as a clerk in 1959 and had been elections supervisor since the late 1960s.

Born Doris Bussard and raised in Dundalk, her interest in politics began as a young woman serving as a precinct worker with her parents.

She attended Dundalk Senior High School and worked at the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River before being appointed to the election board by James A. Pine Sr., a Democratic Baltimore County senator.

"Her hobby was politics," said her husband of 39 years, Joseph R. Suter.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Suter is survived by two sons, Robert R. Suter and Richard S. Suter, both of Sparks; and four grandchildren.

William B. Hooper Jr., 77, carpenter at Fort Meade

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