William A. Bragg, 79, founded graphics company

August 07, 2004

William A. Bragg, founder and president of Bragg Graphics, died of cancer July 31 at a nursing home in Pembroke Pines, Fla. He was 79.

Mr. Bragg was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville. He was a 1942 graduate of St. Paul's School for Boys and enlisted in the Navy in 1943. He served as a supply officer aboard the USS Blair, a destroyer, until being discharged in 1947.

After earning a degree from the University of Maryland, he worked for Baltimore Business Forms Inc. In 1970, he started Bragg Graphics, which designed business forms. He retired in 1993.

Mr. Bragg had lived in Forest Park and Abington, Pa., before moving to Cudjoe Key, Fla., in 2000. Since last year, he had lived in Pembroke Pines.

He was a Mason and a Shriner, and he enjoyed playing golf at LuLu Country Club in North Hills, Pa., where he had been a member for many years.

Mr. Bragg was a former member of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Baltimore.

He was married for 15 years to the Nancy May Koch, who died in 1999.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville, 1630 Edmondson Ave.

Mr. Bragg is survived by a son, David C. Bragg of San Francisco; a daughter, Ellen B. Anderson of Cudjoe Key; and a granddaughter. Another son, William A. Bragg Jr., died in 1974. His marriage to the former Carol Parks ended in divorce.

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