Ernest Hildebrandt, 86, designed kitchens for institutions, homes

January 18, 1998|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Ernest Hildebrandt, who died Friday of injuries he suffered in an attack Jan. 8 behind his longtime Bolton Hill home, was remembered yesterday as a retired design specialist for Stuart Kitchens Inc. who enjoyed cooking and gardening.

Mr. Hildebrandt, 86, planned and supervised the installation of kitchens for institutions throughout the metropolitan area during more than 20 years with the company, said Ronald S. Bass, vice president of Stuart Kitchens.

"He used to do almost all our institutional work: churches, hospitals, schools, nursing homes -- you name it," said Mr. Bass. "He got a lot of referral business, because he was very low-key and very well-liked."

Mr. Hildebrandt also did kitchens for many of his neighbors and friends, said Emily Laisy of Fallston, a former Bolton Hill neighbor and friend for 30 years. They met about once a month at Marconi's restaurant, a favorite of Mr. Hildebrandt, most recently three weeks ago.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Hildebrandt was a graduate of Boys' Latin School and Duke University, Mrs. Laisy said. He served with the Army during World War II in Australia and the South Pacific.

After retiring, she said, he enjoyed his small backyard garden and cooking, and tended a rental property adjoining his home.

Mr. Hildebrandt survived an intruder's attack in the 1980s. He recovered after physical therapy and a stay at a nursing home, and returned to Bolton Hill.

His wife, the former Dorothy Duncan, died shortly before that attack, she said. They had been members of the Hopkins Club and attended Grace Methodist Church.

No services have been announced, but neighbors were planning an action meeting at Memorial Episcopal Church, at Lafayette Avenue and Bolton Street, at 5 p.m. today to urge a police investigation of the homicide.

Pub Date: 1/18/98

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