September 3, 2008
Sitting on a folding chair under a shade tree in Druid Hill Park on a warm afternoon, Donna Lawrence watched her son Desmond McCant practice with the St. Frances football team. What she was looking at was a dry, dusty field with 48 athletes listening intently to a volunteer coaching staff. It is St. Frances' version of a field of dreams. The school, known for its highly successful boys and girls basketball programs, is fielding a football team for the first time. "This football team has really helped my son," said Lawrence, who was joined on the hillside by a small group of parents.
July 7, 2007
John Francis King Sr., a retired Baltimore medical malpractice defense lawyer, died Wednesday of Alzheimer's disease at College Manor nursing home in Lutherville. The former Federal Hill and Ruxton resident was 82. Mr. King was born and raised in Waynesboro, Pa., and graduated in 1943 from Mercersburg Academy. He served as a signalman in the Navy in the Atlantic from 1943 until 1945. After the war, he earned his bachelor's degree from Dickinson College and his law degree in 1950 from Georgetown University.
April 1, 2007
Consider this East Baltimore neighborhood. Words tumble to mind by way of description. Words such as desolate. Words such as tough. Words such as hard and mean and grim and sad. Words such as dead. Bail bonds and liquor stores are what passes for industry here. Ragged rowhouses, many boarded and abandoned, crowd one another like strangers in a bus shelter. Now consider the girl who goes to school here. Danielle Branche, 16, is tiny, has a pretty smile, and speaks with self-possession about her dreams.
February 2, 2007
On January 31, 2007, JOHN FRANCIS, of Hampstead. Beloved husband of Cecilia E. Dembroski (nee Way); devoted father of Kathryn Jockel, Jacquelyn McGhee and Donna Marx. Preceded in death by the late Stephen Dembroski. Also surviving are four grandchildren. Services and interment are private. Arrangements by the Eline Funeral Home, 934 S. Main Street, Hampstead, MD 21074.
January 30, 2006
On Thursday, January 26, 2006, JOHN FRANCIS Le BROU, JR., age 81 of Randallstown, beloved husband of Sandra Le Brou, devoted father of Dorothy M. Diamond and Dawn E. Marshall, brother of Marie R. Le Brou-Haynes. Grandfather of Patricia M. Sexton, Christopher M. Sexton and Devin S. Marshall, uncle of Joe Haynes, Jr., Robin Kinzer, Ann Marie Losiewski and Helen Ann Lengel. Also survived by great-nieces and great-nephews. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 31 at 11:30 A.M. at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 9533 Liberty Rd., Randallstown.