Charles H. Van Lanen, 70, Bethlehem Steel executive

February 16, 2003

Charles Hirschy Van Lanen, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. executive, died Tuesday of stroke complications at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Lutherville and former Ruxton resident was 70.

He joined Bethlehem Steel in 1954 and held posts in Philadelphia, Detroit and Bethlehem, Pa. In 1979, he moved to Baltimore as the company's Baltimore district sales manager. After his 1986 retirement, he became national accounts manager for Philadelphia-based Interstate Steel Supply, working in Baltimore. He retired again in 2000.

Born in Rochester, Minn., and raised in Mankato, Minn., Mr. Van Lanen earned a degree in economics from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

He was a former Salvation Army of Baltimore board member. He also belonged to the Steel Club of Baltimore and Baltimore Country Club, where he played golf. He twice shot a hole in one.

Services were held Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where he was a vestry member.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Katherine Blilie; a son, Keith C. Van Lanen of Ellicott City; three daughters, Carla Bohannan of Annapolis, Michele Leonard of Lutherville and Elizabeth Barrett of Arlington, Va.; a sister, Margaret Page of Houston; and seven grandchildren.

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