Carl August Peterson Jr., Army colonel, engineer Carl...

July 05, 2000

Carl August Peterson Jr., Army colonel, engineer

Carl August Peterson Jr., a West Point graduate and internationally known construction engineer, died Sunday at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park of complications from a skull fracture. He died a day before his 58th birthday.

Mr. Peterson was born in Bozeman, Mont., the son of Carl A. Peterson, a retired colonel in the Army. He graduated from Punahou Academy in Hawaii in 1960.

He excelled at boxing at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and became a second lieutenant after graduating in 1965.

During the Vietnam War, Mr. Peterson commanded a tank company of the 4th Division and later advised the Vietnamese in the Mekong Delta. For his service, he received the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. Other honors included the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge.

He married the former Louise Kraemer in 1965. The couple divorced in the mid-1980s.

Mr. Peterson left the Army in 1971 to embark on a career in the construction industry. He worked at Koppers Inc. in Laurel and the Gilbane Co. in Lanham before joining BE&K of Wilmington, Del., in 1990. There he planned and supervised the construction of pharmaceutical plants in Spain, Britain, the Netherlands and the United States.

Mr. Peterson married Roberta Wilson Brown in 1989. At the time of his death, he lived with his father in Laurel. Previously, he lived in Wilmington and Rock Hall.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at West Point.

In addition to his father and wife, Mr. Peterson is survived by two sons, Carl A. Peterson III of Deale and Erik C. Peterson of Annapolis; three brothers, John M. Peterson of Berlin, Md., James R. Peterson of Missoula, Mont., and David G. Peterson of Bowie; and two grandchildren.

James Crowder Mann, 74, barber and jazz pianist

James Crowder Mann, a longtime barber at the U.S. Naval Academy and a devoted jazz enthusiast, died June 28 at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown of complications from cancer. He was 74.

Born in Pamplico, N.C., he spent a little less than a year in the Marine Corps before enlisting in the Army in 1945. While fighting in World War II, Mr. Mann was stationed in the Philippines. After leaving the Army in the late 1940s, he worked at various federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration.

For 30 years, he worked as a barber at the Naval Academy. During that time and after his retirement around 1990, Mr. Mann also worked at various local barbershops, including Poplar Grove, Park Heights and Capel's.

In 1953, he married the former Gracie Lee Davis. They were divorced in 1957. He married his second wife, Serena Forehand, in the early 1960s. They divorced later that decade. In 1980, he married his third wife, Betty Murphy. They divorced in the mid-1980s.

While Mr. Mann enjoyed barbering, his passion was jazz. A member of Baltimore's Left Bank Jazz Society since its inception in the 1960s, Mr. Mann enjoyed playing the piano and was a regular at local jazz clubs.

"Musicians from all around town would come and help him celebrate his birthday," said longtime friend Henry Mays of Baltimore. "They'd bring their instruments and play."

Before moving to Villa Nova Assisted Living two years ago, Mr. Mann lived on Gwynns Falls Parkway and before that in Walbrook Junction.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Providence Baptist Church, 1401 N. Pennsylvania Ave., where he served as an usher.

Mr. Mann is survived by two sons, Gregory James and James Edward Mann of Baltimore; a daughter, Roxanne Mann Thomas of Owings Mills; and a grandson.

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