James P. Vonderhorst, 57, company president

August 11, 2002

James P. Vonderhorst, founder and president of EPI, manufacturers of labeling equipment, was killed Wednesday in a motorcycle accident in York, Pa. The Parkton resident was 57.

Born in Denver and raised in Long Island, where he graduated from high school, Mr. Vonderhorst earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland in 1968.

He began his career working with Allis-Chalmers' turbine engineering division and later with Becton-Dickinson and Co. He had been eastern sales manager for AccraPly Labeling Equipment Co., when he started his company, EPI, in the basement of his Parkton farmhouse in 1980.

The company, which began as a one-man operation, employs 25 at its plant in New Freedom, Pa. The company designs and manufactures machinery used for labeling of products ranging from coffee to snack foods.

"Mr. Vonderhorst is remembered as a visionary with an uncanny knack for designing simple mechanisms to do complex jobs. He was also issued multiple U.S. patents for his innovative mechanical designs," said Linda Fulginiti of Timonium, the company's general manager.

He was a member of the Machine Institute and the Snack Food Association.

He enjoyed spending time on his farm with his wife of 33 years, the former Lynn Smith. Together they trained horses and pet beagles. He also enjoyed collecting and restoring antique clocks.

He was a member of the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club and the Mount Carmel Hunt Club.

Mr. Vonderhorst was a member of the Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Road, where a memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. today.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Vonderhorst is survived by his father, Paul Vonderhorst of York, Pa.; two sisters, Barbara Spacek of New Hampshire and Linda Jones of Virginia; and several nephews and nieces.

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