John R. Fogle, 89, led Oles Envelope Corp.

August 25, 1994|By Dewitt Bliss | Dewitt Bliss,Sun Staff Writer

John R. Fogle, retired president and general manager of the Oles Envelope Corp. who was grand master of the Masons in Maryland and was active in many civic and fraternal groups, died Monday of pneumonia and septic shock at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 89.

Mr. Fogle, who lived at Edenwald in Towson, began working for Oles in 1926. He retired in 1968 but was chairman of the board until 1972. He became a board member in the late 1970s for several years.

John R. Young, the present owner of the company, described him as "a wonderful gentleman."

Mr. Fogle headed the Masons in Maryland in 1971 and 1972. He was a former master of the Concordia Lodge, which he joined in 1945, and was an honorary member of the Doric Lodge and a member of the Scottish and York rites, Boumi Temple and many other Masonic groups.

He had served on the board of the Maryland Masonic Homes and headed the Red Cross of Constantine in Maryland.

Among the many other offices he held in Masonic groups was that of almoner, or head of charitable work, for the Scottish Rite. Mr. Fogle was born in Sparrows Point but reared in Highlandtown and was a graduate of City College, where he played basketball, tennis and football and won a Maryland Scholastic Association wrestling championship.

While in high school, he worked as a shipfitter's helper at East Coast shipyards during summer vacations. After high school, he worked at the Sparrows Point Yard of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. and played on a company football team.

After attending the University of Maryland Law School at night, he began working for Oles.

He was a member of the old Highland Methodist Episcopal Church, then St. John's United Methodist Church of Hamilton and, finally, of the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. He had been a member of the board of the Maryland Bible Society since 1972.

He had also been president and board member of the local Salvation Army and helped to start its Red Shield Boys Club in Highlandtown and a summer camp in Monkton.

He was awarded the National Boys Club medal in 1940.

Mr. Fogle was proud of a letter he received from former President Herbert C. Hoover, who had headed the Boys Clubs of America, for his work with youths.

From 1941 until 1961, he was a member of the North Baltimore Kiwanis Club and later became active in the Rotary Club of Baltimore. His work in Rotary brought him a district humanitarian award in 1978, a district citation in 1980 as Rotarian of the Year and recognition in 1984 as a Paul Harris Fellow.

He was a former president of what is now the League Serving People With Physical Disabilities.

His wife, the former Annabel Keen, died in 1986.

Services were to be at 1:30 p.m. today at the Scottish Rite Temple, 3800 N. Charles St., Baltimore.

He is survived by a son, John R. Fogle Jr. of Towson.

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