Paul E. Hedemann, a sea captain who worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 35 years, died New Year's Eve of heart and kidney failure at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. He was 75.
Born in 1916 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the eldest of 10 brothers and two sisters, Mr. Hedemann arrived in Baltimore at age 16, alone and speaking little English.
By World War II, he was teaching navigation to Scandinavians at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. He also served as a navigator during the war.
He continued to sail for Bethlehem Steel and rose to become district manager of the Gulf Coast of the United States in the marine division of the company.
About 30 years ago, he moved to Houston. Mr. Hedemann played a crucial role in developing trade between Denmark and the United States.
Mr. Hedemann's survivors include his wife, Patricia Hedemann of San Antonio; eight sons and daughters, Paul H. Hedemann, Anna Sorrentino and Capt. Robert F. Hedemann, all of Baltimore, Julie Juul of Lake Jackson, Texas, Michael P. Hedemann of Irving, Texas, Eric J. Hedemann and Nancy E. Winston of Houston, and David P. Hedemann of San Francisco; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.