William Schermerhorn Sr., 70, mechanical engineer...

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November 27, 2001

William Schermerhorn Sr., 70, mechanical engineer

William Randolph Schermerhorn Sr., a mechanical engineer and former head of Towson University's physical plant and facilities department, died Saturday of skin cancer at his Parkton home. He was 70.

Mr. Schermerhorn retired in 1998 after 13 years in the university post, responsible for the operation and maintenance of all campus buildings. He also was founder and owner of Randolph Realty Co., a Towson property management company he operated until the late 1980s.

A Baltimore native raised in Northwood, he was a direct descendant of William Bradford, the first Colonial governor of Massachusetts. His maternal grandfather, Randolph B. Mason, was the builder of the original Oriole Park in 1914 at Greenmount Avenue and 29th Street.

Mr. Schermerhorn was a 1948 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1952 from the University of Pennsylvania.

He began his career as a project engineer with U.S. Steel Corp. in Pennsylvania. In 1963, he joined National Brewing Co. as an engineer, and in 1968 went to work for Macke Corp.

He had served on the board of Fullerton Federal Savings Bank and the Engineering Society of Baltimore. He enjoyed hunting, sailing, golfing and staying at his condominium in Ocean City.

Mr. Schermerhorn was a communicant of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Janice Troutman; three sons, William R. Schermerhorn Jr. of High Point, N.C., Dr. Thomas J. Schermerhorn of Burlington, N.C., and Michael B. Schermerhorn of Abingdon; two daughters, Barbara S. Keigler of Timonium and Kathryn L. Schermerhorn of Baltimore; and nine grandchildren.

Eileen Wilson, 76, insurance claims manager

Eileen Wilson, a retired insurance claims manager, died of cancer Saturday at North Arundel Hospital. She was 76 and lived in Glen Burnie.

Mrs. Wilson worked for 39 years for Connecticut General Life Insurance Co., where she was an assistant claims manager. She retired about 15 years ago.

Born Eileen Newell in Brooklyn, she was a 1943 graduate of Southern High School. She enjoyed sewing, painting and playing the organ.

Her husband of nearly 50 years, Robert L. Wilson, died in 1999.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Barranco & Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway.

Mrs. Wilson is survived by nieces and nephews.

William H. Gross Sr., 96, purchasing agent

William H. Gross Sr., a retired purchasing agent, died yesterday of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He was 96 and lived at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson for the past eight years.

A former resident of Towson and on Windemere Avenue in the Lakeside section of Northeast Baltimore, Mr. Gross worked for 50 years at Baltimore Business Forms, formerly Baltimore Salesbook Co., in Southwest Baltimore. He retired in 1975 as chief purchasing agent.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Riverside Avenue, he attended city public schools.

He was an avid storyteller and often spoke of childhood memories of time spent on the Baltimore harbor. He could recall horse-drawn fire apparatus and had followed the Orioles since the home team's years in the International League.

Mr. Gross was married for 73 years to the former Delia Elbach. The couple were honored by Cardinal William H. Keeler for their long marriage in 1998.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 103 Church Lane, Cockeysville.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Gross is survived by two sons, William H. Gross Jr. of Towson and Robert A. Gross of Lutherville; a daughter, Rita D. Davidson of Lutherville; 16 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service

William H. Shriver Jr.: A memorial service for William H. Shriver Jr., a Baltimore radio personality who died Oct. 28, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Unitarian-Universalist Church, 333 Dubois Road, Annapolis.


William Read Woodfield, 73, who produced and wrote episodes of television's Mission: Impossible and Shaft, and photographed Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Jayne Mansfield, died Saturday in Los Angeles of a heart attack.

Mr. Woodfield apprenticed at Life magazine. His first professional photo assignment was a picture of Elizabeth Taylor. His pictures of Ms. Mansfield for Playboy sold more than 1 million copies.

Mr. Woodfield's most memorable work included photos of Ms. Monroe on the set of her uncompleted 1962 film, Something's Got To Give. Mr. Woodfield captured Ms. Monroe as she shed her bathing suit by a swimming pool.

For Mr. Sinatra, Mr. Woodfield designed record albums and magazine layouts. He also masterminded marketing campaigns for movies such as Spartacus, The Vikings and Judgment at Nuremburg. His photos appeared in magazines such as Esquire, Harper's Bazaar and Saturday Evening Post.

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