Passings

Draper K. Sutcliffe

On May 20, 2008, at an MSS General Membership meeting at Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant in Frederick, Maryland, Jim Whitehead announced that MSS had granted Draper Sutcliffe the status of Honorary member. Mr. Stanley Botts, Commissioner of Occupational and Professional Licensing for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, produced a citation from the Governor of Maryland addressed to Draper Sutcliffe to mark the occasion of his retirement after a career spanning more than fifty years. He noted that Draper obtained a degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland, ran a leading survey business in Frederick County, Maryland, taught surveying programs at Frederick and Catonsville Community Colleges for over three decades, mentored or trained many students to become professional surveyors, was appointed to the old “combined” Board of Registration in 1975, became a founding member of the new Maryland State Board for Professional Land Surveyors in 1977, served as a consultant to said State Board, and is currently the only 50-year member of the Maryland Society of Surveyors (MSS), which Society elected him President in 1970/71, made him the Surveyor of the Year in 1977 and presented him the prestigious Russ Lowman Award for education in 2003.

The Maryland Society of Surveyors presented Draper with the inaugural MSS Lifetime Achievement Award at their Fall Conference in 2010. Although his health prevented him from attending the conference in person for the very first time since MSS started having conferences, Draper was with us in spirit and on the phone through the efforts of Mike VanSant.

Draper Krum Sutcliffe will be missed and mourned by many, and will be remembered for a long, long time. His obituary is posted below as it was originally published in the Frederick News-Post on Wednesday, December 29, 2010.

Draper Krum Sutcliffe

Mr. Draper Krum Sutcliffe, 88, from the Village of Rosemont, peacefully passed away at Frederick Memorial Hospital on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010. He was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, mentor and respected surveyor of Frederick County.
Born June 13, 1922, to Walter and Edna Sutcliffe of Washington, he attended Eastern High School and graduated to attend the University of Maryland. While at Maryland, he interrupted his studies to join the Army in late 1944, where he was sent to serve in the European Theater. Following VE Day, he boarded a ship bound for the Pacific Theater. He was fortunate to observe VJ Day while on board a ship in the Panama Canal. Upon his return home, he completed his engineering degree at the University of Maryland and married Dorothy Mae Merte of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

He began his surveying career with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey by participating in the survey of the boundary between the United States and Canada, in Maine. In 1951, he opened a surveying business in Baltimore County with some clients, leading him into the growing Frederick County, Md., area. He opened Sutcliffe & Associates, Land Surveyors, in Frederick in 1961 and moved his family to the county in 1964. He enjoyed a reputation for rigorous, accurate and thorough surveys. He was an expert witness in many trials to settle land disputes and won cases for clients even when brought against the U.S. government. His reputation and stature rose in the state to where he was appointed by Gov. Mandel to the State Board of Registration for Professional Land Surveyors. He and his partner in life, Dorothy, were instrumental in the operations and growth of the Maryland Society of Surveyors, having served a number of years as president, secretary and finally on the board of directors. He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the society just this October.
Mr. Sutcliffe spent many years as a part-time professor at the Mont Alto campus of Penn State and also Frederick Community College, teaching surveying.
Mr. Sutcliffe was active in Scouting and served many years as a Scoutmaster in Baltimore County, followed by various positions at the council level, including district commissioner. At least two of his Eagle Scouts went on to become surveyors, with one of them locating his business in Emmitsburg.

Mr. Sutcliffe and his wife, Dorothy, were active church members at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Baltimore. Calvary United Methodist Church, Frederick, became their home church once they moved to Frederick County, where they cultivated many deep and lasting friendships.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Sutcliffe. He is survived by two daughters, Sandy Shewbridge and husband, Dan of Knoxville and Susan Lassiter of Ahoskie, N.C.; grandchildren Stacey Parks and husband Cliff of Rohrersville, Benjamin Shewbridge and wife Rita of Knoxville and Matheson Lassiter of Ahoskie; great-granddaughters Mackenzie and Kendall Parks, also of Rohrersville; and one niece, Patricia Carter and husband William of Plymouth, Mich.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Maryland Society of Surveyors Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 101, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514.

 

Joseph Freolia Brown Jr.

Joseph Freolia Brown Jr., 90, of Myersville, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at Northampton Manor Nursing Home. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Anna Lee Stark Brown.
Born Aug. 27, 1920, in Frostburg, he was the son of the late Joseph Freolia Brown and Ann Angela Byrnes Brown.

Mr. Brown served our country in World War II in the United State Navy as a naval aviator in the Pacific Theater and as a flight instructor in Pensacola, Fla. He remained in the Naval Reserve, retiring as lieutenant commander after 20 years of service.
During his career as a professional land surveyor, he established J.F. Brown & Associates, retiring after 31 years. The business continues in operation today as J.F. Brown III & Associates, owned by his son, Joseph F. Brown III. He was a past president of the Maryland Society of Surveyors and was also named Surveyor of the Year.

Mr. Brown was a member and past president of the Myersville Lions Club. In 2008, he was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Lions Club International Foundation, the highest recognition conferred by that group. He was a life member of the Frostburg Elks, and a member of the Frederick VFW and the American Legion. He was a life member of the Myersville Volunteer Fire Company. He was a charter member of Holly Hills Country Club.
Mr. Brown was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church of Frederick.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Diane Brown Cunningham and her husband Paul of Washington, D.C.; his son, Joseph F. Brown III of Burkittsville; his grandchildren, Philip Edington Brown, Megan Virginia Brown, Andrew Joseph Brown, John Gabriel Cunningham, and James Michael Cunningham; and his great-grandson, Henry Joseph Brown. He was preceded in death by a brother, John Byrnes Brown, and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Brown Lindsay.

 

Andrew William Brown

Andrew “Drew” William Brown, 43, of Pittsville, died Monday, December 6, 2010 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of George “Brownie” and Patricia Large Brown. Drew worked with his good friends, John and Nancy DiCarlo at DiCarlo Precision Instruments for 21 years. He loved fishing, working in the yard, and spending time with his wife. He was a Maryland Terps and Ravens football fan.

In addition to his parents, George “Brownie” and Patricia Brown of Salisbury, he is survived by his wife of 14 years, Dixie Lee Brown; a brother, Donald Brown and his wife, Mary of Parsonsburg; mother-in-law, Rachel Dennis of Fruitland; three sister-in-laws, Holly Everhart of Fruitland, Lori Bounds and her husband, Danny of Snow Hill, and Valerie Massey and her husband, Philip of Berlin; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

 

Eugene F. Raphel

On January 7, 2011, EUGENE FRESSENJAT RAPHEL, 90, WW II veteran and retired professional land surveyor, died at home in Monkton, Maryland. Born February 7, 1920 in Upper Falls, MD, fifth of six children of Henry and Corinne Raphel on Woodbine Farm on Raphel Road in Upper Falls, MD, Mr. Raphel graduated St. Stephen School in Bradshaw, MD. He was pre-deceased by his wife of 58 years, Alice Smyser Raphel, who died in 2008, and is survived by his sister, Madeline Seipp of Towson, MD; daughters, Alice Linberg of Laytonsville, MD and Corinne "Teener" Sweeney of Kennett Square, PA.; son, Eugene F. Raphel Jr of San Francisco, CA; sons-in-law, Steven E. Linberg and Raymond W. Sweeney III; five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.