Klingelhofer Jr., road builder

C. S.

May 14, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll S. Klingelhofer Jr., retired vice president of the road building firm where he had worked for 40 years, died Monday of respiratory failure at his Lutherville home. He was 78.

After his discharge from the Army in 1945, he joined Harry T. Campbell Sons' Co., a predecessor company of Genstar Stone Products. In his years with the firm, he worked on some of Maryland's most important road building projects.

In his first job with the company as assistant manager of the private roads department, he got up in the early hours and drove a flatbed truck to the intersection of Pratt and Light streets to hire day laborers at a rate of 40 cents an hour.

"In those days, we had to pay workers at the end of the day because we never knew if we would see them again," he said in a retirement interview with the Genstar News, a company newspaper.

He was known throughout the firm as "Mr. Kling." When he started there, the company had only three steam rollers, one paver and a single black top plant in White Marsh.

At his retirement in 1985 as vice president in charge of paving construction, the company had 35 trucks, six graders, 16 rollers, seven pavers and black top plants in White Marsh, Frederick, Westminster, Churchville and Texas.

In the early 1950s he was named general manager of the private roads department, when the company was involved in con

struction of the Harrisburg Expressway, Interstate 83, the Baltimore Beltway and Interstate 95.

Carroll S. Klingelhofer III, his son who lives in Timonium, said, "He was well-known and respected in the industry. He even played a role in the development of the type of turf used at Pimlico, which was specifically designed because of its composition to perform well under wet conditions."

Summing up his business career in an interview with the company paper, Mr. Klingelhofer said:

"Having come out of the Army, I was a fairly tough guy. One day, Guy Campbell called me into his office and said, 'Carroll, I know you've been in the Army . . . but you're not now. Remember -- you'll catch more flies with honey than vinegar.'

"I've tried to practice that, and to teach it to others. It costs nothing to be nice to anyone whether they are customers, fellow workers or anyone."

He was born and reared in Towson and was a 1932 graduate of Towson High School.

He attended Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Va., and the University of Virginia before joining the Army in 1940 during World War II.

He served with an anti-tank unit in the European theater and attained the rank of master sergeant.

He had lived in Lutherville since 1945.

He was a member of numerous professional associations, including the Baltimore County Highway Contractors Association, the Building Congress and Exchange of Baltimore City, Associated Builders and Contractors of Metropolitan Baltimore and the Maryland Highway Contractors Association, of which he was a board member.

He had also been president of the Towson Kiwanis Club and was a board member and former president of Timonium Federal Savings and Loan Association and the Maryland State Fair and Agricultural Society, which organizes the annual Maryland State Fair at Timonium.

For many years, he was a member of the Baltimore Country Club.

In 1942, he married the former Judith Taylor, who died in 1981.

In addition to his son, survivors include his second wife, the former Jane Huntley Herson, whom he married in 1987; a daughter, Judith K. O'Mara of Ellicott City; a sister, Alice Powel of Cockeysville; a step-daughter, Paddy H. Davis of Winter Park, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Ave., Lutherville.

Services were held Thursday.

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