Richard Cromwell Wells, 77, Black & Decker

April 30, 2002

Richard Cromwell Wells, a retired Black & Decker Corp. executive, died Friday during heart surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 77 and lived in Stevenson before moving to the Mays Chapel section of Timonium six years ago.

In his 32 years at the Towson tool-making company, he was a sales expeditor, director of marketing and head of new product research. He retired about 20 years ago.

As a young man, he worked for his father, homebuilder Clifton K. Wells. In later years, Mr. Wells enjoyed showing his children the Homeland, Orchards and Guilford residences he helped construct with his father.

Born in Baltimore and raised on East University Parkway, he was a 1943 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a degree from University of Baltimore's School of Business.

He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

He was a founder of the Towsontown Business Association, a member of Towson Rotary and Baltimore Country Club, and had been an assistant Scoutmaster for many years of Reisterstown's Boy Scout Troop 440.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Stephen's Traditional Episcopal Church, 11856 Mays Chapel Road, Timonium, where Mr. Wells was a member.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Lois Wilson; two sons, Charles C. Wells of San Ramon, Calif., and Timothy W. Wells of West Caldwell, N.J.; a daughter, Nancy W. Graham of Annapolis; a brother, Harry K. Wells of Towson; and seven grandchildren.

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