Francis Ebert Orem, 83, medical supply firm owner

April 08, 2004

Francis Ebert Orem, retired owner of medical supply businesses, died of cancer Sunday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care.

The Idlewylde resident was 83.

Born in Baltimore and raised on James Street and in Annapolis, he attended West Annapolis High School. He earned a law degree at the old Mount Vernon School of Law.

During World War II, he served in the Army Signal Corps in England, North Africa and Italy.

After working at the Murray-Baumgartner medical supply house in Mount Vernon and at a Washington medical supply firm, he and a partner founded Skill Surgical Co. in 1957. Its first retail operation was in Cumberland, and its second opened in 1959 in the 800 block of N. Howard St. in Baltimore.

In 1975, after selling that business, he opened Orem Medical Corp. on East Monument Street.

He later moved it to larger quarters in Benson in Harford County.

He retired more than 15 years ago.

He enjoyed Chesapeake Bay boating and encouraging the education of his numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was offered yesterday at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church.

He is also survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Agnes Tomalovitz.

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