Joseph L. Fosler, 77

UM police officer

July 16, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Joseph LeRoy Fosler, a retired University of Maryland police officer and a football fan, died of pneumonia July 8 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The Glen Burnie resident was 77.

Mr. Fosler, who was born in Baltimore and raised near Johns Hopkins Hospital, was a 1949 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School.

He served as a military policeman with an Army intelligence unit from 1951 to 1954.

Mr. Fosler was a patrolman assigned to the Baltimore Police Department's Central District from 1957 to 1974.

"When he was with the city Police Department, he was assigned to Memorial Stadium for all of the home Colt games, which he loved," said his wife of three years, the former Sharon Joy. "Even though he was a great Colts fan, he did learn to love the Ravens and became an avid fan."

In 1975, he joined the University of Maryland Police Department and was assigned to what is now Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he worked until retiring in 1993.

For years, Mr. Fosler coached the Overlea Orangemen, a youth football team.

Mr. Fosler enjoyed ballroom dancing, listening to jazz and reading history.

He was a member of the Bishop Sebastian Council 5058 of the Knights of Columbus.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church in Parkville.

Also surviving are a son, S. Eric Fosler of Parkville; two stepsons, Michael E.N. Spurgeon of Severn and Patrick D. Spurgeon of Naples, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Lisa A. Prough of Pasadena; a brother, Robert Fosler of Orlando, Fla.; two grandsons; and six step-grandchildren. His wife of many years, the former Celera Zuloft, died in 2002.

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