Paul H. Crawford, 79, phone company manager

October 23, 2002

Paul H. Crawford, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of Maryland manager, died of cancer Saturday at ManorCare Ruxton. He was 79 and lived in Timonium.

A Hagerstown native, Mr. Crawford was raised in Baltimore's Pimlico section after the death of his parents. He began his C&P career while attending City College, with a job repairing telephones.

After graduating from City in 1942, Mr. Crawford enlisted in the Marine Corps and served during World War II. He held the rank of corporal at his discharge in 1946.

Mr. Crawford, who had studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University, resumed his career with the telephone company in the 1940s, eventually becoming a district staff manager. At his 1982 retirement, he was assigned to the company's Constellation Place facility in downtown Baltimore.

After retiring, he worked for several years as a volunteer with the Maryland Department of Employment as a job counselor.

His professional memberships included the Baltimore chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals and the Personnel Association of Greater Baltimore. He was also a member of the Northampton Community Association and the Cornell Men's Club of Maryland.

He also enjoyed hiking and gardening.

Mr. Crawford was a parishioner of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Roman Catholic Church, 20 E. Ridgely Road, Timonium. A memorial Mass will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Joan O'Herron; a son, Paul V. Crawford of Silver Spring; two daughters, Barbara Smith of Gambrills and Sheila Fotheringill of Owings Mills; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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