J. Howard Stein, 87, ship's outfitting designer

October 16, 2003

J. Howard Stein, a retired ship's outfitting designer, died Sunday of an embolism at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 87.

A resident of Oak Crest Village in Parkville for the past eight years, he formerly lived in Carney.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton, he was a 1935 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He attended the Johns Hopkins University, and worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. before enlisting in the Army and serving in the Signal Corps in Italy during World War II. He attained the rank of staff sergeant.

After the war, he joined Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. in Sparrows Point, where he was an outfitting designer. He specified paints, furnishings and flooring in cargo ships before retiring 25 years ago.

Mr. Stein was a lifelong Boy Scout. He was a former leader of Cub Scout and Boy Scout Pack 100, and member of the committee of Sea Scout Ship 100, all at Aisquith Presbyterian Church in Parkville.

A Mason, he was a member of its Mount Nemo Lodge, Tall Cedars of Lebanon and Boumi Temple of the Shrine. He also belonged to the Parkville post of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Zion United Church of Christ, 8701 Cottington Ave., where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Iva Elizabeth Wilkerson; a son, John Howard Stein Jr. of Pensacola, Fla.; two daughters, Judy Curry of Riverside, Calif., and Susan Baldwin of Frederick; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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