Raymond Little, 76, businessman, was active in community clubs

July 01, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Raymond F. Little, owner of a heating and air-conditioning company and former chairman of Mount Washington Lacrosse Club, died of a heart aneurysm Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 76.

Mr. Little lived for 40 years in Mount Washington, where he was president of organizations including the Mount Washington Pool, Mount Washington Improvement Association and Northwest Baltimore Corporation.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1938 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He served from 1942 to 1945 in World War II as a member of the 6th Armored Division of Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army.

Before the war, he had trained show horses -- and his work with an old mare at a horse show in Cockeysville caught the eye of Harriet Michelmann, whom he married in 1941. The mare had been mistreated, she recalled, but "he got her to do jumps and he took such wonderful care of her."

After returning from Europe, Mr. Little studied mechanical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, graduating in 1953. He worked for several heating and air-conditioning businesses before establishing his firm, Environmentrol, in 1960. He sold the business in 1990.

Although he never played lacrosse, Mr. Little became involved with Mount Washington Lacrosse Club and became its chairman in 1985. "He was very much responsible for keeping us financially solvent," said Ernest "Skip" Lichtfuss, a former coach and player.

Steven Stenerson, a former player and current executive director of the Lacrosse Foundation, said, "The club players were family to [the Littles]. They really did treat a lot of us knuckleheads as sons."

During the 1980s, Mr. Little was president of the U.S. Club Lacrosse Association and the number of club teams doubled from 10 to 20, said Chris Hupfeldt, the association's current president.

Service will be at 10 a.m. todayat Elderslie-St. Andrew's United Methodist Church on Pimlico Road.

Pub Date: 7/01/96

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