Sidney Blum, 79, science teacher, supervisor Sidney...

January 30, 2002

Sidney Blum, 79, science teacher, supervisor

Sidney Blum, a retired Maryland educator, died of cancer Jan. 23 at his daughter's home in Dallas. He was 79 and had lived in Pikesville.

Dr. Blum taught science in Baltimore beginning in 1946, at Robert Poole Elementary and Woodbourne, Hamilton and Pimlico junior highs, before joining the school system's supervisory staff for high school science. He later worked as supervisor of science education for Prince George's County schools, retiring in 1983.

"He liked to use words concisely," said Dorothy Fader, a former co-worker from Catonsville. "He could tell you the meaning of an obscure word. He was good at the various shades of meaning a word can have."

Born in Baltimore, he was raised at his parents' West Lombard Street grocery store. He was a 1939 graduate of City College, and earned his undergraduate degree from what is now Towson University, and a master's degree and doctorate at University of Maryland, College Park. He served in the Army during World War II.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, the former Esther Stambler; two sons, Dr. Eric Blum of Akron, Ohio, and Dr. Andrew Blum of Newton Center, Mass.; his daughter, Dr. Joanne Blum; and seven grandchildren.

J. Berkman Norris Sr., 89, St. Mary's County farmer

J. Berkman Norris Sr., a St. Mary's County farmer who was active in civic affairs, died of heart failure Saturday at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown. He was 89.

He was born on and farmed the 1,000-acre Wheatley's Content Farm just outside the Leonardtown city limits. He purchased the farm from his parents in 1942, and remained active in its cultivation until last week.

In 1964, Mr. Norris was given the Master Farm Family Award by Progressive Farmer magazine. Family members said he used environmentally friendly practices, including a no-till method of planting. He bred Angus beef cattle and Yorkshire hogs, and produced hatchery eggs for the broiler industry and commercial eggs for retail sale. He raised corn, wheat, soybeans, barley and tobacco.

In the 1960s, he had a machine fabricated to cut tobacco. It used a sawmill blade and two conveyor belts, and reduced the need for cutting the crop by hand.

Mr. Norris was a graduate of Leonard Hall High School and was a former member of the St. Mary's County Economic Development Commission and the Alcoholic Beverage Board. He was a 71-year member of the Knights of Columbus.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, Leonardtown, where he was a lifelong member.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Loretta Beavan; two sons, John B. Norris Jr. of Leonardtown and Paul Julius Norris of Ellicott City; two daughters, Mary L. Copado of Leonardtown and Patricia A. Housley of Pasadena; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Clifford Martin, 72, lawyer in area since 1960

Clifford Martin, an attorney who specialized in criminal law, accident litigation and workers' compensation cases, died Thursday of respiratory failure at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 72 and lived in Rosedale.

Mr. Martin had practiced law locally since 1960, nearly all of that time in eastern Baltimore County, before retiring last year because of failing health.

Born and raised in Bypro, Ky., he earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in 1950, and his law degree in 1953 from St. Mary's University in San Antonio while serving in the Air Force. He attained the rank of staff sergeant.

He first practiced law in Kentucky before moving to Baltimore in 1955, when he went to work as an insurance adjuster for Nationwide Insurance Co. and later State Farm Insurance Co.

Mr. Martin's two marriages ended in divorce.

No funeral is planned.

He is survived by a son, Daryll W. Martin of Phoenix, Baltimore County; two adopted daughters, Maria Isabel Martin and Sandra Maria Martin, both of Baltimore; and two sisters, Paulette Beatty of Jupiter, Fla., and Irene Meadows of Monticello, Ky.

Another son, Winthrop Blair Martin, died several years ago.

Raymond E. Moore Jr., 75, head of sheet metal unit

Raymond E. Moore Jr., who formerly headed the sheet metal fabrication department at Edgewood Arsenal, died of lung cancer Thursday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. He was 75.

The longtime Bel Air resident, who worked for many years at Edgewood Arsenal, retired in 1977. The arsenal is now a part of Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he was educated in city public schools and served in the Navy in the Atlantic during World War II.

Services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mae L. McCann; three sons, Larry Moore of Bel Air, Danny Moore of Kingsville and Kevin Moore of Havre de Grace; two daughters, Barbara Gillispie of White Hall and Donna Warfield of Bel Air; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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