Robert Culver Hazard, a former chief executive of land development, building and home improvement companies in Baltimore and a resident of the Baltimore area for 61 years, died Thursday of cancer at his home in Towson. He was 82.
Born in Salamanca, N.Y., Mr. Hazard graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., in 1925 and from Dartmouth College in 1929.
He came to Baltimore in 1929 and in 1934 became vice president, then president, of John K. Culver Inc., which dealt with development and mortgages in Baltimore and Savannah, Ga. During that time he was also president of the Culver Construction Co. and served on the board of directors of other land development companies, including Sinclair Building Supply Co. and the Brooklyn-Curtis Bay Land Co. By 1937 he had become president of the Culmor Co., which built and then owned and operated what is now Bonnie View Country Club. He later became a partner in Doll and Hazard, operative builders.
From 1947 to 1956 Mr. Hazard was president of the Oxford Home Improvement Co. and the Oxford Co. Inc., Permastone contractors, which became the largest Permastone franchise in North America. He was also president of its subsidiary company, the Industrial Insulation Co.
He was founder of the Stoneleigh Boys Baseball Teams and served as general team manager for 10 years. His teams often won the annual YMCA Good Sportsmanship trophy in citywide competition, and parents and team members alike maintained close friendships with Mr. Hazard for more than 40 years.
From 1966 until his retirement last year, Mr. Hazard operated a tax consultant service. In recent years he was active in SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, helping those starting new businesses in Maryland.
Mr. Hazard was married to the former Catherine Barnes for 59 years, until her death in 1989. He is survived by a son, Robert Culver Hazard Jr. of Potomac, chairman of the board of Choice Hotels International (formerly Quality Inns Inc.); a daughter, Elizabeth Hazard Rabel of Rodgers Forge; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The family will be receiving friends at 34 Alanbrooke Court from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, P. O. Box 308, White Marsh, Md. 21162-0308.