Eugene L. Wolfe Jr., 78, owned electrical company

April 23, 2002

Eugene Lewis Wolfe Jr., a manufacturers' representative and former owner of a Baltimore electrical components company, died of liver disease Friday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. The Timonium resident was 78.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton, Mr. Wolfe was a graduate of Kent School in Kent, Conn. During World War II, he served in the Navy as an engineer on the battleship USS Wisconsin. Recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict, he was an engineer on the battleship USS New Jersey.

After earning a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in the 1940s, Mr. Wolfe joined Wolfe and Mann Manufacturing Co. The business, on Sisson Street in Remington, was founded by his father and produced electrical relays and other heavy-duty components.

After selling the company in 1969, Mr. Wolfe established his firm, Wolfe Engineering Sales, working as a manufacturers' representative until shortly before his death.

He was an avid tennis player and a former member of L'Hirondelle Club and Green Spring Valley Hunt Club.

Mr. Wolfe was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1401 Carrollton Ave., Ruxton, where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Mary C. Riggs; a son, Eugene Lewis Wolfe III of Highland Park, Ill.; a daughter, Mary Wolfe Healey of Chevy Chase; a sister, Margery W. Clark of Stevenson; and three grandsons.

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