Raymond Underwood Sr., 75, court reporter, police officer

October 19, 2003|By Linda Linley | Linda Linley,SUN STAFF

Raymond Lucas Underwood Sr., a court reporter for 30 years for Baltimore County Circuit Court and a former police officer, died Thursday of complications from Parkinson's disease at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. The former Cockeysville resident was 75.

Born in Sykesville, he was raised on a farm on Schoolhouse Road, which later was named Underwood Road because his family's farm was located there. Mr. Underwood graduated in 1946 from Sykesville High School and attended the University of Baltimore.

When he was 17, he suffered a skull fracture when he was hit by timber during a tornado.

After high school, he worked for a short time for the Supreme Court of Baltimore City and also served as a trooper with the Maryland State Police and as an officer with the Baltimore Police Department.

He was a court reporter for 30 years for the county Circuit Court in Towson until his 1989 retirement. He also served as chief judge for the county elections board until three years ago.

Mr. Underwood was an avid photographer and at one time ran his own photography business in Sykesville, specializing in photos of children, said his son Raymond "Jack" Underwood Jr. of Long Green.

"He was always taking pictures and carried the same camera with him everywhere," said his son. "Photography was a real passion."

Mr. Underwood served as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 989 of Long Green and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, a life member of the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers and a secretary of the Towson chapter of AARP. He also was a member of several Masonic organizations.

Mr. Underwood also was a member of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Dulaney Valley and a member of the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier Church on Cuba Road in Hunt Valley, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

His marriage to Dorothy Hutchins of Woodbine ended in divorce. She died in 1991.

In addition to his son, he is survived by two other sons, Howard R. Underwood of Bryn Mawr, Pa., and Lee H. Underwood of Parkville; and two granddaughters.

Donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gilchrist Hospice or St. Francis Xavier Church.

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