Ronald W. Boller, 64

Social services director

March 01, 2007

Ronald Wilbur Boller, a Vietnam War veteran and retired director of social services at what is now the state's Springfield Hospital Center, died Sunday of a brain tumor at Lorien Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Taneytown. The Westminster resident was 64.

Mr. Boller was born and raised in the Carroll County community of Gaither and was a 1960 graduate of Sykesville High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Ohio State University in 1964 and a master's degree in sociology a decade later from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

He worked briefly at Springfield in Sykesville before enlisting in the Army in 1967. He served in the quartermaster corps, including a tour in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971, and attained the rank of captain. His decorations included the Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Mr. Boller returned to Springfield in 1971 and worked there until retiring in 1997. From 1980 to 2006, he was also a psychotherapist and social work consultant at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster and several area nursing homes. Since 2000, he had been in private practice with Cedar Ridge Counseling Centers.

He was a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Mr. Boller was an HO-gauge model railroader, vegetable gardener and member of the Carroll County Beekeepers Association. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hiking, canoeing and bicycling.

He was a member of Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalists in Finksburg.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pritts Funeral Home, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Donna R. Engle, a former reporter for The Sun; two daughters, Renee E. Stiles of Beachwood, N.J., and Diana E. Boller of McHenry; his mother, Glenna L. Fisher of Sykesville; a brother, Robert L. Boller of Savage; a sister, Janet L. Boyd of Westminster; and three grandsons.

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