Wilbur V. Caltrider, 73, film editor, photographer

April 20, 2002

Wilbur V. Caltrider, 73, film editor, photographer

Wilbur V. Caltrider, a film editor and tape librarian who worked for WJZ-TV Channel 13 in Baltimore for 32 years, died Tuesday at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy from complications of Alzheimer's disease. The Randallstown resident was 73.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Caltrider attended public schools in Westminster and graduated from Westminster High School.

He joined the Navy in 1950 and served during the Korean War as a photographer at bases in California and Norfolk, Va. During his service in Norfolk, he married Louise Dutrow in 1952.

After his discharge in 1954, Mr. Caltrider worked for a commercial photo studio in Westminster. He joined WJZ in 1957 as a film projectionist, and in 1963 he became a film editor. When the station stopped using film, he became a video tape librarian for the programming department. He retired in 1990.

"He was just a charming character," said Fred Thomas, the station's broadcast operations manager. "He would blend into the crowd, but once you got to know him, you loved him. He would do anything in the world for you. He even baked cakes for people here on occasion."

Mr. Caltrider had learned to cook and bake as a boy, filling in for his mother during a serious illness.

"He made our wedding cake, and at WJZ he made cakes all the time for different occasions," said Alice Caltrider, his daughter-in-law.

Mr. Caltrider also enjoyed woodworking. He built and refinished cabinets and other furniture for his friends and family. He was an active member of the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Baltimore.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 121 W. Old Liberty Road in Winfield.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Bruce Caltrider of Westminster and Douglas Caltrider of Taneytown; a daughter, Cathy Caltrider of Randallstown; a sister, Hollis Beckman of Parkville; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

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