Ralph S. Densmore, 71, railroad man

March 26, 2006

Ralph Stanley Densmore, a retired railroad man and law library clerk, died of progressive supranuclear palsy Wednesday at his Severna Park home. He was 71.

Mr. Densmore was born in Wilmington, Del., and moved to Baltimore in 1949. He graduated from City College in 1952 and earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., in 1956.

He served in the Army in the late 1950s, and earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1964.

He began working in sales and customer service for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad during his undergraduate college years, and joined the railroad full time in 1959. He retired from CSX in 1992.

In his retirement, he began a second career at the Maryland State Law Library in Annapolis, where he answered inquiries and did research.

The former 20-year Arnold resident, who had lived in Severna Park since 2001, was an avid gardener and member of Bay Hills Golf Club.

Services are private.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, the former Nancy E. Maguire; a son, Kevin R. Densmore of Truckee, Calif.; a daughter, Linda D. McFarland of Severna Park; a sister, Doris Bilz of Sunset Beach, N.C.; and a granddaughter.

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