Norman J. Lange, 87, ran bookstore at Hopkins

August 01, 2002

Norman J. Lange, retired manager of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine bookstore, died of heart failure Saturday at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living Community in Towson, where he had lived for two years. He was 87, and formerly lived at the Versailles Apartments in Towson.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Lange was a 1933 graduate of McDonogh School. He served in the Coast Guard for several years before going to work in the purchasing department of the former Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

During World War II, he served in the Navy in Philadelphia, and was assigned to evaluating aircraft and disbursement of repair parts. During the later 1940s and the 1950s, he was vice president of C.J. Benson, a Charles Street furniture company that had been established by his father-in-law.

After leaving the company in the early 1960s, he was a salesman for Maryland Office Supply Co. before going to work at Johns Hopkins in 1964. He was manager of the bookstore until he retired in 1979.

Mr. Lange was an amateur magician and collected Buddha statues. He also enjoyed traveling by steamship, photography and gardening.

He was a communicant of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, York and Overbrook roads, Rodgers Forge, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Sept. 14.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Winifred Schwarz; two sons, Norman J. "Jay" Lange of Cincinnati and John G. Lange of Rodgers Forge; two daughters, Claire L. Rankin of Eldersburg and Mary Jean Kirk of Idlewylde; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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