Wagner, John Anthony

January 31, 2004

On December 11, 2003, JOHN ANTHONY WAGNER, son of the late Emma Sullivan and Frank Wagner, died in Sarasota, Florida, age 95. Born in Baltimore in 1909, he was married in 1930 to the late Marian Rosemond Richards for 73 years. After attending Loyola High School, his interest in playing the saxophone was realized by joining St. Elizabeth's Marching Band. During the BIG BAND era, he played professionally on radio and in dance bands for 22 years. Mr. Wagner joined the American Stores Company (Acme Markets) in 1932. He was a graduate of The Dunwoody Institute and the American Institute of Baking. In 1943, he was named Baltimore Bakery Plant Manager and in 1954 was transferred to the Philadelphia Bakery Division to become Assistant Director of Bakery Operations for the chain. In addition to being Past President of both the American Society of Baking and the Pennsylvania Bakers Association, he was active in the Potomac States Bakers Association, was a charter member of the Baltimore Production Club, and was active in the Philadelphia Production Club. Mr. Wagner was a featured speaker at conventions, allied meetings, and other professional organizations. He coauthored a textbook, wrote for trade journals and was a guest lecturer at both the American Management Institute and St. Joseph University's Academy of Food Marketing in Philadelphia. While living in Baltimore, he taught the Dale Carnegie Course for Effective Speaking, with members of Congress and Ambassadors among his students. His specialty was the memory course and he was sought after as a speaker in the Eastern US and Canada. After a career of 42 years, he retired as Vice President and Director of Bakery Operations for ACME Markets and moved from Drexel Hill, PA to Sarasota, FL. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed photography, gardening and playing bridge. He is survived by his daughters and their husbands: Jacqueline and John Spurrier of Berlin, MD; Janet Jaggard Hauser of Ocean City, MD; Joyce and Herman Siegel of Hollywood, FL and also Jeannine and Ronald Granberg of Olympia, WA., seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, nieces and a nephew.A private Memorial Mass was held at the Church of the Incarnation, Sarasota, FL . Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

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