Christopher Pfrommer III, 64, campaign manager

October 28, 1999|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Christopher F. Pfrommer III, a former political campaign manager and administrative aide, died Monday after a fall in his home in the 100 block of W. University Parkway. He was 64.

Mr. Pfrommer, a former science reporter for The Evening Sun, managed the successful 1962 campaign of 2nd District Congressman Clarence D. Long, and later served on his staff, in charge of the congressman's legislative agenda and constituent complaints.

In 1971, he left Mr. Long's staff to become a press aide during William Donald Schaefer's first mayoral bid. The next year, he managed Charles B. Anderson Jr.'s successful campaign to become Harford County's first county executive and later headed the county's 1976 bicentennial commission.

An active member of the Mount Royal Democratic Club, Mr. Pfrommer directed 15 successful political campaigns during the 1960s and 1970s.

He later worked as a licensed property and casualty broker for Ramsey, Barry and Bond, Baltimore insurance brokers. In recent years, he bought and rehabbed houses in Hampden and managed his personal investments.

Mr. Pfrommer enjoyed traveling and living in England and was a member of London's Reform Club and the Royal Society of St. George.

Born in Wilmington, Del., and raised in Homeland, Mr. Pfrommer was a 1953 graduate of Friends School where he was editor of the Quaker Quill, the school's newspaper.

Offered a job after graduating from high school by the New York Herald Tribune, he chose instead to earn a bachelor's degree in English from Northwestern University in 1957.

He served in the Army where he was editor of the Pentagon News and after being discharged in 1959, joined the staff of the Evening Sun as a police reporter.

"All of his life he used the manual Royal typewriter that had belonged to his maternal grandfather, George B. Stengle, who had been a reporter on the Wilmington (Del.) News-Journal," said his brother, Karl R. Pfrommer of Baltimore.

His marriage to the former Linda Winkelpleck ended in divorce. He was married in 1977 to the former Mary Francis.

Mr. Pfrommer was a member of the Johns Hopkins Club and the St. George's Society of Baltimore.

He was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

In addition to his wife and brother, he is survived by four daughters, Mary Ellen Chambers and Susan Bannar, both of Baltimore, and Karen Dixon and Melinda Shull, both of Cascade, Mich.; a sister, Caroline Pfrommer Hoffman of Greenwich, Conn., and three grandchildren.

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