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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | April 19, 1992
Construction work on the Baltimore area's newest life-care community will get under way Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., when developers break ground for the $55 million Blakehurst project near Towson.Slated to rise on a 40-acre parcel in the 1000 block of W. Joppa Road, the development is a joint venture of Life Care Services Corp. of Des Moines, Iowa, and a local group that includes Thomas F. Mullan III, John A. Luetkemeyer Jr. and J. Mark Schapiro.The developers acquired the property last month from the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart, a religious order that has moved to smaller facilities nearby.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Dr. Norman R. Freeman Jr., a retired internist who had cared for Baltimore Colts players for two decades, died Friday at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson of complications from a fall. He was 97. The son of Norman R. Freeman, a window treatment manufacturing company executive, and Marie P. Freeman, a homemaker, Norman Randolph Freeman Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on Northway in Guilford. After graduating from Gilman School in 1935, he earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1939 and his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1943.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2010
Wendy Jill Spector, a former assistant activities director at a retirement community and an accomplished horsewoman, died Sept. 20 of cancer at her Glen Arm farm. She was 54. Wendy Jill Hershfield, the daughter of an electrical engineer and a Baltimore County public schools guidance counselor, was born in Baltimore and raised in Glen Arm. After graduating from Perry Hall High School in 1973, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1977 from Goucher College. She taught French at the Garrison Forest School from 1977 to 1979, and for the next two years held teaching assignments in Cincinnati public schools and was an admissions counselor at Salem College in West Virginia.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2013
Mary LeG. Fisher, a homemaker and volunteer, died Aug. 18 of pneumonia at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 96. The daughter of an attorney and the manager of the Baltimore Country Club, Mary LeGrand Slingluff was born in Baltimore and raised in Riderwood. She attended Bryn Mawr School and made her debut at the Bachelors Cotillon in 1935. In 1942, she married William Alexander Fisher Jr., an attorney who died in 1985. During World War II, she was a nurses' aide at St. Lukes Hospital in San Francisco and at St. Lukes Hospital in Seattle.
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January 10, 2007
On December 1, 2006 A. HASLUP FORMAN, a resident of Blakehurst, Towson, MD ; beloved husband of the late Vivian Sapp Forman and devoted father of Armstrong H. Forman, II and his wife, Carol Lynn of Manakin-Sabot, VA. Loving grandfather of Melissa Forman Bomeisler and her husband, Stuart. Dear great-grandfather of Dylan and Chase. A Memorial Service will be held in the Towson United Methodist Church, 509 Hampden Lane at Dulaney Valley Road on Saturday, January 13 at 11:00 A.M. A reception will follow in the Hopkins Room of Blakehurst Retirement Community, 1055 W. Joppa Road, Towson, MD from 12:15 P.M. to 1:15 P.M. Interment services will be held in the Green Mount Cemetery at 2:00 P.M. Arrangements by the family owned MITCHELL-WIEDEFELD FUNERAL HOME, INC.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2012
Ethel May "Mickey" Gilliss, a retired elementary school teacher, died Sept. 18 of cancer at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 88. The daughter of a businessman and a homemaker, Ethel May "Mickey" Rankin was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and moved with her family to Salisbury in 1939, where she graduated from Wicomico High School in 1942. She was a 1944 graduate of the old St. Mary's Junior College, now St. Mary's College, and from what is now Salisbury University, where she earned her teaching certificate.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | April 7, 2009
Donald Russel Atwood, a retired hospital purchasing agent and former merchant marine officer, died of multiple organ failure Wednesday at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. He was 98. Mr. Atwood was born in Baltimore and raised near Druid Hill Park. He was a City College graduate. "During the Depression, he held many jobs, including being a Pinkerton detective," said his son, Theodore D. "Ted" Atwood of Roland Park, energy adviser to the Baltimore Department of Public Works.
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December 5, 2006
Margaret D. Swope, a homemaker and longtime volunteer, died of heart failure Nov. 28 at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 95. Born and raised in Baltimore, Margaret Dill was a graduate of St. Catherine's School in Richmond, Va., and the Maryland Institute College of Art. For several years, she owned and operated the Studio Shop on St. John's Road, selling hand-painted and personalized gifts. Mrs. Swope had volunteered for more than 25 years at Kernan Hospital and was a past president of its women's board.
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April 17, 1999
Betty C. Standiford Truehart, a homemaker and former flower show judge, died April 10 of an aneurysm at Blakehurst Life Care Community. She was 89.A longtime resident of the Murray Hill section of Baltimore County, Mrs. Truehart moved to Blakehurst in Towson in 1994. An avid gardener, she was a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland for many years and graduated from the Federated Judges School. Until retiring several years ago, she was a well-known judge at flower shows throughout Maryland.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | May 1, 2008
Dr. August Raymond "Gus" Machen, a retired Towson dentist, died Saturday at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson of complications from a fall he suffered a month ago. He was 87. Dr. Machen was born and raised in Baltimore and was a graduate of city public schools. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School. During World War II, he served as an Army dentist and was assigned to the European theater of operations. Dr. Machen, who maintained a general dental practice in Towson for more than 35 years, retired in the 1980s.
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By Loni Ingraham | July 15, 2013
Jon E. Stephens is an institution within an institution.  For more than 50 years, the Towson woman has worked as a floral designer for Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses, a fourth-generation family business, which has been serving Towson and the Baltimore metro area since 1924. Just don't ask her how old of an institution she is. One of her five children - the oldest is 60 now - looked at her closely the other day and said, "Mother, you don't have any wrinkles. " "I told her I didn't have time to get any wrinkles," Stephens said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
Richard E. Hook III, a retired sales executive and real estate broker, died Sunday of heart failure at his summer residence in Sherwood Forest. He was 95. Richard Edwin Hook III was born in Baltimore and raised on North Calvert Street. He was a 1936 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree in 1940 from the Johns Hopkins University. He enlisted in the Army in 1941 and later went to officer candidate school, where he was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1943. Mr. Hook, who rose to captain, commanded a company of the 447th Battalion in New York and later in Seattle.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
Marian J. Wallace, a retired businesswoman and former registered nurse, died Friday of Parkinson's disease at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 92. Marian Jones was born and raised near Hurlock and graduated from a Dorchester County high school. She attended what is now Salisbury University before transferring to the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, where she earned her nursing degree in 1943. She also earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1952.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2012
Ethel May "Mickey" Gilliss, a retired elementary school teacher, died Sept. 18 of cancer at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 88. The daughter of a businessman and a homemaker, Ethel May "Mickey" Rankin was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and moved with her family to Salisbury in 1939, where she graduated from Wicomico High School in 1942. She was a 1944 graduate of the old St. Mary's Junior College, now St. Mary's College, and from what is now Salisbury University, where she earned her teaching certificate.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
Anne A. Coulbourn, a homemaker and volunteer, died Aug. 31 of lung cancer at the Blakehurst retirement community. She was 82. The daughter of a stockbroker and a homemaker, the former Anne Adams was born in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton. After graduating in 1947 from Bryn Mawr School, she briefly studied at Sweet Briar College, before earning a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art . Before her 1953 marriage to Lewin Wethered, an attorney, she worked as a commercial artist in the advertising department of the old O'Neill & Co. department store.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2012
Robert M. Coulbourn III, a retired industrial designer who had been active in the affairs of several Baltimore-area Episcopal churches, died May 23 of pneumonia at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. He was 87. The son of a salesman and a homemaker, Robert Matthias Coulbourn III was born in Baltimore and raised in Bolton Hill and Roland Park. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1942, he began engineering studies at the Johns Hopkins University, and a year later, entered the Army.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | August 16, 2008
Emma Belle Wagner, a homemaker and volunteer, died of complications from a stroke Aug. 8 at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 88. Emma Belle Shafer was born at her family's home on Fords Lane and was raised in Northwest Baltimore. She was a 1938 graduate of Friends School and attended Wellesley College. She volunteered for more than 40 years with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland and had been a board member of the YWCA for 30 years. "Her main volunteer interest was the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson, where she had served on most of its committees and had been president of its women's board," said her husband of 65 years, Carl E. Wagner Jr., a retired Connecticut General Insurance Co. general agent.
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March 13, 2007
Nancy D. Baldwin, a homemaker and volunteer, died Friday of heart failure at Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 91. A Baltimore native raised on Eutaw Place, the former Nancy Stewart Darrell was a 1934 graduate of Bryn Mawr School, where she earned varsity letters in lacrosse, field hockey and basketball. She was a sales associate at Hutzler's department store during the late 1930s. In 1941, she married John Poole Bowman, an Air Force bomber pilot who was killed in action over Europe in 1943.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
Elizabeth M. "Betty" Dugan, a volunteer and World War II veteran, died Feb. 29 of heart failure at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. The former longtime Ruxton resident was 90. The daughter of a Baltimore businessman and a homemaker, the former Elizabeth Mitchell was born in Baltimore and raised in Guilford. After graduating from Notre Dame High School of Maryland, she graduated from Fairfax Hall Junior College in Waynesboro, Va. In her youth, she was an accomplished equestrian and was skilled in dressage, hunter-jumper equitation and cross-country eventing.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 22, 2011
Elsie F. O'Malley, a homemaker and world traveler, died Nov. 14 from complications of a stroke at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. The former Homeland resident was 95. The daughter of a banker-lumber company owner and a homemaker, the former Elsie Farinholt was born and raised in Cash, Va. She was a descendant of Revolutionary War patriot Patrick Henry. She was a 1934 graduate of the old Mount St. Agnes High School in Mount Washington, and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art . In 1938, she married Paul T. O'Malley, who owned P.T. O'Malley Lumber Co., and settled in Armagh Village, where they lived until later moving to Homeland.
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