Lorenzo Felder, 83, ordnance instructor

December 11, 2005

Lorenzo "Bus" Felder, a retired ordnance instructor active in his fraternity, died Thursday at Sinai Hospital of an infection. The longtime Ashburton resident was 83.

Born in St. Petersburg, Fla. and raised on West Lanvale Street, he was a 1942 Frederick Douglass High School graduate.

His studies at Morgan State University were interrupted by his World War II service.

He joined the Marine Corps and later served in the Army in Germany. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard. He was a member of the Mumford Point Marine Association.

He earned a degree at Morgan in 1949 and was president of the Howard Cornish Alumni Chapter. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and participated in many of its events.

Mr. Felder taught ordnance practice at the Aberdeen Proving Ground for many years until his retirement about 20 years ago.

"He was a stately, scholarly man," said his niece, Jacqueline H. Williams of Baltimore. "People trusted him. And when he was able, he was always doing for others."

Mr. Felder belonged to a social club known as the O'Nose. The group raises funds for scholarships at its annual meeting.

He was a trustee of Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave., where services will be held at noon Thursday.

His wife of 52 years, the former Norma Elizabeth Lewis, died in 2002.

In addition to his niece, survivors include another niece, Kim Leftwich Blocker of Mitchellville.

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