John F. Doyle, 73, purchasing executive, active in Catonsville community affairs

October 21, 2001|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

John F. Doyle, a retired purchasing executive and Catonsville community leader, died Thursday at his home after a 20-year battle with cancer. He was 73.

He was chief purchasing agent for Westinghouse Electric Corp.'s Linthicum-based Electronics Systems Aerospace, which makes radar-related devices.

He retired in 1988 after 36 years of service.

He represented Westinghouse with two defense-related trade groups, the Aerospace Industry Association and the Electronic Systems Group.

He often addressed groups on topics related to purchasing materials.

Mr. Doyle also taught purchasing and material management for many years at the Johns Hopkins University.

Family members and friends said he was good at mixing with people, a popular host and an accomplished organizer who was full of common sense.

"He could walk down the streets of Catonsville and know everybody," said his sister, Evelyn Frederick of Pasadena.

"He was a good letter writer and always kept his affairs in perfect order. He was so efficient he knew where everything was in his house."

"He was a gregarious man who always had a joke to share," said Bill Bauman, his son-in-law, who also lives in Catonsville.

"He was well-respected for his decision-making ability.

"When you went to him, you knew you'd be getting excellent advice. And he never preached."

In 1965, Westinghouse lent him to the Anne Arundel County government to establish a central purchasing operation in Annapolis.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Stanley Drive in Catonsville, he was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School and the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received a degree in business administration in 1952.

Active in Catonsville-area community affairs, he served on St. Agnes Hospital's Board of Advisors for 20 years.

For the past 11 years, he was a board member at Leeds Federal Savings Bank in Arbutus.

He worked with the Boy Scouts in the 1960s and 1970s and was chairman of its National Pike District.

He was a member of the Baltimore City Contractor Qualification Committee and the Minority Supplier Development Council. Active in the National Association of Purchasing Management, he was president of the Maryland chapter.

He belonged to the Johns Hopkins Club, the Catonsville Elks Club and the Arbutus American Legion.

He served in the Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948.

Mr. Doyle was a past president of the Rolling Road Golf Club.

He married Alice Witte in 1949. She survives him.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon Tuesday at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 27 Melvin Ave. in Catonsville, where he was a member.

In addition to his wife and sister, he is survived by a son, William Doyle of St. Michaels; four daughters, Kathleen Bauman of Catonsville, Sally McKinney of Winchester, Va., Patricia Hansen of Grasonville and Nancy Spicer of Ellicott City; another sister, Mary Jo Thomas of Bartow, Fla.; and 10 grandchildren.

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