David L. Pipkin Jr., 73, Baltimore firefighter

July 29, 2004

David L. Pipkin Jr., a retired city firefighter who later became a nursing home personnel director, died of kidney failure Monday at his West Baltimore home. He was 73.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Lauretta Avenue, he was a 1949 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and served in the Air Force in Alaska. He later studied at Hampton University in Hampton, Va.

In 1953 he joined the Baltimore City Fire Department and served for a quarter-century, spending much of the time at Engine 8, Lafayette Avenue and Stricker Street. He belonged to the Vulcan Blazers, a black firefighters organization.

After leaving municipal service, he became a fire marshal and personnel director for the Lincoln Convalescent Home at Fayette and Carey streets. He retired several years ago.

He was a member of the Prince Hall Masons and owned a cabin cruiser named the Miss Mildred and sailed the harbor and Chesapeake Bay. He belonged to the Dolphin Cruising Club.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Heritage United Church of Christ, 3601 Liberty Heights Ave., where he had been a deacon, belonged to the Men's Fellowship and sang in its choir. He also worked as a youth mentor at nearby Ashburton Elementary School.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Mildred Fleetwood, a retired a nursing home administrator; a son, David Pipkin III of Ellicott City; a daughter, Wanda Davis of Baltimore; a sister, Sylvia Joyner of Baltimore; two stepbrothers, Walter and Russell Glasgow; and five grandchildren.

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