Roger M. Dalsheimer, 78, owner of travel agency

August 08, 2005

Roger Miller Dalsheimer, a former owner of Suburban Travel in Pikesville, died of complications from a stroke Friday at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 78 and lived in Baltimore.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Dalsheimer was a 1945 graduate of McDonough School in Owings Mills and a 1949 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a degree in political science. He was a chaplain's assistant in the Navy, and later earned an MBA from Case Western University.

In 1957, he married Babette Halle. They divorced in 1985.

After working in marketing research at Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., he opened Suburban Travel with a partner in 1960. During his years with the travel agency, and after his retirement in 1980, he traveled extensively.

He supported many organizations, according to his daughter, Anne Milch of Ruxton. His main interests were the Baltimore Opera, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Bolton Street Synagogue, and the Hillel House at Johns Hopkins. He made many of his contributions anonymously, his daughter said,

"He didn't want the attention," she said. "He had a lifetime of giving away a lot."

He also delivered meals on wheels and drove the elderly to medical appointments.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 E. Cold Spring Lane, where he was a member.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by a son, David Dalsheimer of Freeland; a brother, George Dalsheimer of the Cayman Islands; two grandsons; and four step-grandchildren.

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