Samuel F. Baxter, veteran and railroader

He had worked for the Army in transportation

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September 22, 2014|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | The Baltimore Sun

Samuel F. Baxter, who had careers in the Army and later railroading, died Thursday of heart failure at Heartlands of Severna Park. He was 97.

The son of Mason Baxter and Myrtelle Baxter, farmers, Samuel Ford Baxter was born in Sudlersville and later moved to Denton. After graduating in 1933 from Caroline High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1938 in business administration from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, where he was in the Army Reserve.

Mr. Baxter worked in Baltimore as an accountant with General Chemical Co. In November 1941, he was ordered to active duty as a second lieutenant with the Army Quartermaster Corps.

He was promoted to captain and given command of a company. In 1943, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion of the 473rd Quartermaster Truck Regiment, which was shipped to New Guinea in 1944 and later to Corregidor. Mr. Baxter was given command of the 29th Quartermaster Truck Battalion in Manila in 1945. Discharged in 1946, he returned to his job in Baltimore and transferred his reserve commission to the Transportation Corps.

In 1948, he was assigned to the Office of the Army Chief of Transportation, Motor Transport Division in Washington, where he was in charge of the allocation of administrative freight and passenger vehicles to Army installations.

In 1950, he was sent to Korea, where he served with the 9th Army Corps Transportation Division. In 1952, he was promoted to chief of the operations branch of the Transportation Division at 1st Army headquarters. Before he was discharged in 1964 with the rank of lieutenant colonel, he was chief of the traffic operations branch in the Defense Traffic Management Service's Transportation Division.

He joined the B&O Railroad in 1964 as an assistant freight agent and was later its representative to the National Perishable Freight Committee. At his retirement in 1980 from CSX, he was manager of pricing.

The longtime Ellicott City resident and his wife, the former Helen Marie Swihura, whom he married in 1942, moved to Mercy Ridge in Timonium in 2001. She died in 2006.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium.

Mr. Baxter is survived by a son, Stephen M. Baxter of Woodbine; two daughters, Nancy Seiss of Millersville and Jane Bryden of Azle, Texas; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by another daughter, Elizabeth Cavanaugh.

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