John J. Krumenacker, 34, lacrosse star, businessman

December 18, 1998|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

John J. Krumenacker, a four-time All-America lacrosse player at the Johns Hopkins University who later owned a Lutherville medical sales business, died yesterday from complications of pancreatitis at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Mr. Krumenacker, 34, of Lutherville, captained the Blue Jays team that won a second straight national championship in 1985 and was a member of the team that went undefeated in 1984. All the Hopkins' teams for which he played went to at least the

national semifinals.

"He was always so full of life. He was always a participant in whatever he did -- family, sports, business, whatever. He had a real competitive spirit about himself," said Scott Miller, a longtime friend.

But Mr. Krumenacker's interests exceeded sports, and friends said he was living the American dream: He was the father of a 2-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son; had recently begun a business, which was already successful; and owned a new home.

He kept a mild interest in Hopkins lacrosse, but focused more on his business -- Osteomedix, which sold medical supplies to area physicians and hospitals -- and being with his family.

"As gifted as he was as an athlete, he was better as a person," Mr. Miller said. "He was modest and kept what he did in lacrosse to himself. I knew him a year before I was even aware he was heralded at Johns Hopkins."

Through Osteomedix, Mr. Krumenacker serviced doctors and hospitals in the mid-Atlantic region. His business had grown in the two years he'd operated it, and he had several employees working for him.

"He was dedicated to making the business grow," said James Carel, who had known Mr. Krumenacker through business for five years. "He had done a good job with it."

A native of Long Island, N.Y., where he was a high school All-America lacrosse player, Mr. Krumenacker came to the Johns Hopkins University in 1981 on a lacrosse scholarship. He majored in social and behavioral sciences and graduated in 1985.

"He was just real good in lacrosse and enjoyed it," said his brother, Buddy Krumenacker of Long Island.

Mr. Krumenacker played midfielder for the 1982 through 1985 Hopkins teams and was considered a highly skilled and agile player. A strapping 6-foot-4, 210-pounder, he could score at will but preferred to be a team player, teammates said.

Larry Quinn, who played on teams with Mr. Krumenacker all four years at Hopkins, called him the "consummate" team player.

"He was a big, fast midfielder who just liked to play," Mr. Quinn said. He recalled the 1985 national championship game against Syracuse University in which Mr. Krumenacker scored the go-ahead goal.

"We were losing until he scored, and when he did, he jumped in the air and pumped his fist. He was so excited," Mr. Quinn said. "It really put a dagger into Syracuse."

Mr. Krumenacker had many hobbies, especially tennis and golf.

"But mostly he enjoyed going to the beach with his kids and wife," Mr. Quinn said. "That was bliss to him."

Mr. Krumenacker was a communicant at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St., where a Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 11: 30 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to his brother, he is survived by his wife, the former Katie Moran, whom he married in 1988; a son, Kyle Krumenacker, and daughter, Kendall Krumenacker, all of Lutherville; his parents, Clarence and Lillian Krumenacker of Long Island; and a sister, Carol Grassel of Long Island.

Pub Date: 12/18/98

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