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Dr. Raymond Dennis ‘Bo’ Menton Jr., Retired Dentist and Football Field Official, Dies – Baltimore Sun

Raymond Dennis “Bo” Menton Jr., a retired dentist and Atlantic Coast Conference football field manager, died of blood cancer July 16 at Gilchrist Center Howard County. The Ellicott City resident was 89.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville on Osborne Avenue, he was the son of Raymond D. Menton Sr., a Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone manager, and Carolyn Marks, a teacher.

He graduated in 1951 from Mount Saint Joseph High School and played baseball.

He was the nephew of Evening Sun sportswriter Paul Menton.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from what is now known as Loyola University Maryland and was a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

Dr. Menton became a naval dentist and served with the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan.

“While there, Bo officiated military football games on the island and was selected on the officiating team for the Rice Bowl game between the Army and Air Force,” a girl said. , Maureen Tara “Mo” Doetzer.

He then opened his dental practice in Howard County, first on Montgomery Road and then at Howard County Medical Center on St. John’s Lane. He retired in 1990.

“My dad was proud to be the first dentist in the county to treat children through the Head Start program and built a strong practice to meet the county’s dental needs,” his daughter said.

He also had a second career as an Atlantic Coast Conference football official.

“He went all over the country in the fall. He would go away every weekend,” his daughter said. “He was full of energy and was doing a mile a minute. He was a mentor for young civil servants. He’s been called an amazing linesman.

She also said: “In the offseason he was carrying around a rule book. Refereeing was his passion.

She said that during his career as an umpire, he worked more than 270 ACC games and 12 bowl games on the field, then continued to serve in the replay booth, as a liaison with television and as an official observer until his 80s.

“He was dedicated to the ACC and considered his football colleagues like a second family,” his daughter said.

After Dr. Menton retired, he worked occasionally with his son, Dr. Thomas Farrell “Tom” Menton, from the family dental practice in Menton.

“Bo worked under the radar and was a charitable guy,” the Reverend said. Christopher Whatley, his former pastor. “He would arrive early for daily mass around 6:30 a.m. He would bring food to feed the birds. Some people called him “the bird man”, but I suggested we call him the assistant of Saint Francis.

“He was a brilliant man with a quick wit who was genuinely curious about his faith.”

After retiring from football, Dr. Menton developed a skill and passion for croquet. He competed in tournaments along the East Coast and was the state champion of Maryland in his division.

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“It takes a year and a half to learn it,” Dr. Menton said in a 2000 Sun article. “Every game you find something that hasn’t happened before.”

In 2016, Dr. Menton moved to the Miller’s Grant retirement community in Ellicott City. There he founded a croquet club, which is now a thriving group of over 60 residents.

“Bo loved Miller’s Grant and treasured his friends and neighbors there,” his daughter said. “But perhaps my father’s most cherished and successful role was as grandfather to his 13 grandchildren.”

She said he was present at their games, plays and concerts. He didn’t think about the hours of travel to watch a grandchild. He was also proud that his grandchildren had graduated from college.

He was divorced from Ann Elizabeth Hughes, a former nurse. They remained friends after the divorce and resided in the same retirement community, her daughter said.

In addition to her grandchildren, survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Cullen “Cully” Veal of Atlanta and Maureen Tara “Mo” Doetzer of Raleigh, North Carolina; two sons, Robert Garrett “Bob” Menton and Dr. Thomas Farrell “Tom” Menton, both of Ellicott City; one sister, Carol Marks Menton of Catonsville; one brother, Ralph Glaser Menton of St. Augustine, Florida; and a great-granddaughter.

A funeral Mass will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church at 30 Melvin Avenue in Catonsville.

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