Thomas Eugene Waters, 71, social work supervisor

April 13, 2004

Thomas Eugene Waters, a retired social work supervisor who headed the Northwest Baltimore Corporation, died of pneumonia Saturday at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation & Extended Care Facility. The Ashburton resident was 71.

Born in Northampton County, Va., and raised in Maryland's Somerset County, he earned a bachelor's degree in history at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne and a master's degree in social work from Catholic University of America. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

About 40 years ago he became a city probation officer working with juvenile offenders. He directed a labor education advancement program for the Urban League, which helped place rehabilitated drug addicts in jobs in private industry.

Mr. Waters then ran an early HMO affiliated with Bon Secours Hospital.

In the 1980s he was executive director of the Northwest Baltimore Corporation, an umbrella group representing about 100 smaller neighborhood groups.

In 1987, he led a community protest when the F.W. Woolworth Co. wanted to sell firearms at its Reisterstown Road Plaza store. He also helped organize marches against violence with the Rev. Willie Ray.

Mr. Waters retired from the Department of Social Services several yeas ago as supervisor of its adult program at Mondawmin Mall.

An amateur musician, Mr. Waters played the bass and piano, and also sang.

"He was a gentleman's gentleman," said the Rev. Marion Bascom, former pastor at Douglas Memorial Community Church, which Mr. Waters attended regularly with his wife of 46 years, the former Frances Parsons.

Services will be held at the church, Lafayette and Madison avenues, at 11 a.m. Thursday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Stefan Thomas Waters of Baltimore; two brothers, Joseph E. Waters of San Antonio and Herbert Waters of Magnolia, Del.; and a sister, Mary Badger of Philadelphia.

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