Edward Carroll Esslinger, who worked as a pharmacist for 45 years, died in his sleep Thursday at his Parkville home. He was 72.
Mr. Esslinger was born in Baltimore and raised on Glenmore Avenue. He graduated in 1948 from City College and earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Maryland in 1952.
He served as a surgical technician in the Army from 1952 to 1954, attaining the rank of sergeant in 1954. He earned his pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1958.
Mr. Esslinger began his career with Read Drug & Chemical Co., and later worked for Blatt's Pharmacy on Eastern Avenue, and Revco. For the last 20 years of his life, he was the druggist at the CVS Pharmacy in Eastpoint. He was known to many as "Dr. Ed."
"He was devoted to his work and helping people. He even worked the day before he died," said a daughter, Carole B. Durkin of Shrewsbury, Pa.
Mr. Esslinger enjoyed watching football and classic movies, and vacationing in Ocean City.
Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.
Survivors also include his wife of 48 years, the former Edith Roderick; a son, Matthew R. Esslinger of Bel Air; another daughter, Susan J. Betz of Monkton; a sister, Patricia Kaye of Carney; and seven grandchildren.