John S. Logan Sr., 87, founder of construction equipment firm

November 13, 1995|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

John E. Logan Sr., whose fascination with the construction business began when he was a youngster and culminated in his founding of a Baltimore construction equipment supply firm, died Thursday of complications of a stroke at his Guilford residence.

Mr. Logan, who was 87, retired in 1978 as president of McClung-Logan Equipment Co., which he had started in 1939.

"He grew up in Texas, in Baltimore County, and worked along with his brothers in the quarries there," said a son, John E. Logan Jr., secretary and treasurer of the Washington Boulevard company.

"He began his construction career as a water boy when he was 13 . . . and later went to work in the 1930s for Harry T. Campbell Sons' Co., where he was a superintendent," the son said.

In 1939, he founded McClung-Logan with James H. McClung on Key Highway.

Born the son of a Pennsylvania Railroad station agent, Mr. Logan was a 1926 graduate of Towson High School and attended the University of Maryland.

He was an usher and communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. today

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Mary Ridgely Bussey; another son, Thomas B. Logan of Ashton, Montgomery County; two daughters, Jane L. Bennett of Ruxton, and Mary Catherine Malouf of Hillsborough, Calif.; and 12 grandchildren.

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