Webster L. Rouse, 66

Business owner

January 26, 2007

Webster Leitch Rouse, owner of a process-serving agency, died of a heart attack Jan. 17 at his Towson home. The former longtime Bolton Hill resident was 66.

Mr. Rouse was born in Baltimore and raised in the Bolton Hill neighborhood. He attended Boys' Latin School and began his career in the legal services industry in the early 1960s with Credit Adjustment Bureau of Baltimore.

In 1981, he established Rouse, Low Associates with partner Richard C. Low to serve court summonses and assist creditors in the collection of unpaid debts.

In 1984, he founded Personal Process Service, which became one of the largest agencies of its type in the state, said longtime friend Charles Reid.

After selling the business in 1998, he formed Rouse Process Service to work with a smaller group of clients.

Mr. Rouse, a nephew of the late developer James W. Rouse, was the antithesis of the process-server as depicted in film and novels.

"This isn't a job for everyone, but he did it better than anyone else and got results," said Scott F. Dixon, a Baltimore attorney. "He was well-dressed and a gentleman, and respected the dignity and privacy of those he had to serve."

He was a member of the Maryland National Guard from 1961 to 1968, attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

A former resident of the 1400 block of Jordan St., he moved to Towson in 2003. He was a fan of classical music and opera, and enjoyed watching football and baseball games.

A former deacon and member of what is now First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church, Mr. Rouse converted to Roman Catholicism in 1986 when he joined Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church.

He served on the church's liturgy and finance committees and pastoral council, ushered at Masses, and volunteered at the Corpus Christi Community Center in Reservoir Hill.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 2 p.m. tomorrow at his church, Lafayette and Mount Royal avenues.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

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