Thomas P. Harkins, of Harkins Builders

April 09, 1993|By Staff Report

Thomas P. Harkins, chairman of the board of Harkins Builders Inc. in Silver Spring and founder of the Harkins Group, composed of commercial and residential contracting companies in Silver Spring, died Tuesday of leukemia at his home in Bethesda.

Mr. Harkins, 63, started his business in 1965 after a decade with Carl M. Freeman Associates, a construction and real estate firm of which he was president.

He was an officer in many groups associated with the building business. He was president of the Suburban Maryland Home Builders Association and a board member of the boards of the National Association of Home Builders, Victory Housing and the Montgomery County Development Advisory Board.

At his death, he was a member of the executive committee of the First American Bank of Maryland.

He was first chairman of the board of the Stone Ridge School, a private Catholic school for girls in Bethesda. He also belonged to the Knights of Malta, John Carroll Society, board of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and board of the Catholic University of America.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., and reared in Larchmont, N.Y., he was an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II.

He attended Catholic University and earned an engineering degree at at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

Mr. Harkins is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Dorothy Kelly; four daughters, Diane M. Coughlin of Morristown, N.J., Suzanne B. Whelan of Summit, N.J., Karen E. Santucci of Columbia and Maria Kelly Cambria of Larchmont, N.Y.; two sons, Thomas P. Harkins Jr. of Olney and Christopher E. Harkins of Bethesda; two brothers, Joseph C. Harkins of Chadds Ford, Pa., and John M. Harkins of Somers, N.Y.; and eight grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Georgetown Hematology Research Fund at the Georgetown University Hospital.

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