William C. Askins, 92, technical illustrator

April 24, 2002

William C. Askins, a retired technical illustrator and musician who played in area bands, died of a cerebral hemorrhage April 17 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The resident of the Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville was 92.

A longtime resident of Anneslie, Mr. Askins was born in Baltimore and raised on Edmondson Avenue. He attended city public schools.

He was hired by Bendix Radio in Towson in 1941, and retired in 1971 as manager of the illustration section of Bendix's Technical Publications Department.

Mr. Askins was a self-taught artist and musician, said his friend, William F. Wells of Ellicott City, a retired Bendix technical writer.

Mr. Askins was an accomplished pianist and clarinetist and had played in several Baltimore area jazz and dance bands, including the Boumi Temple Big Brass Band.

At Oak Crest, he enjoyed entertaining residents nightly with impromptu piano concerts, said Mr. Wells.

In 1938, Mr. Askins married Lillian Temple, who died in 1996.

Services were held Friday. He has no survivors.

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