Joseph W. King Sr., 76, Treasury field examiner

July 28, 2002

Joseph W. King Sr., a retired field examiner for the U.S. Treasury Department, died of heart failure Thursday at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Towson. He was 76.

Mr. King was born in Baltimore and grew up in Highlandtown. He attended Polytechnic Institute before being drafted into the Army in 1944. From 1944 until 1946, he served in the 63rd Infantry Division in Central Europe.

Upon his discharge, he returned to Poly and graduated in 1947.

He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in accounting in 1952, and from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1959.

From 1952 to 1954, Mr. King worked as an accountant for Lock Insulator. From 1954 until his retirement in 1984, he worked as a field examiner at the U.S. Treasury Department in Baltimore. During a portion of that time, his duties included working for the Internal Revenue Service, where he interviewed and audited companies.

He enjoyed walking and, for 30 consecutive years participated in and completed the March of Dimes Marathon. Mr. King also liked hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail with his children and traveling throughout the United States and Europe with his wife, the former Dorothy Diggs. The couple would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary Sept. 14.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Towson, where Mr. King was a congregant.

In addition to his wife, Mr. King is survived by three sons, Joseph W. King Jr. of King of Prussia, Pa., Stephen A. King of Glen Arm and Timothy C. King of Finksburg; and four grandchildren.

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