Harry R. Hitchcock Founded tobacco firm

December 18, 1990

Services for Harry Ross Hitchcock, a Baltimore native and founder of the Lancaster Leaf Tobacco Co. in Lancaster, Pa., will be held at 10 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Lancaster.

Mr. Hitchcock, who was 93, died Friday at his Lancaster home after being ill for a month.

He retired in 1982 as a consultant to Lancaster Leaf Tobacco, which he started in the 1920s as a branch of a Richmond Tobacco Co. The company became independent in 1941. Mr. Hitchcock was its president and later its chairman.

Mr. Hitchcock, who went to work for a tobacco company in 1909, was born in Baltimore and lived in the city until 1959.

He started a prayer breakfast in Lancaster modeled after the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, which he had attended for more than 30 years.

His wife, the former Charlotte R. Brown, died in 1981.

Mr. Hitchcock is survived by daughter, Janet Lee Murphy of Lancaster; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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