Rodney B. Carlson, 75, systems information officer

August 20, 2004

Rodney B. Carlson, a retired systems information officer for Maryland National Bank, died of respiratory failure Saturday at his Rodgers Forge home. He was 75.

Mr. Carlson was born and raised in Omaha, Neb., and earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1950 from the Johns Hopkins University.

After graduation from college, he enlisted in the Army and served in Korea as a lieutenant with the 6th Armored Division. After being discharged in 1953, he enrolled at the University of Kansas.

He moved to Baltimore in 1957 and became a management trainee at Fidelity National Bank, which later became part of Maryland National.

In 1961, he became Maryland National's first, and for a time its only, employee in its data processing department. He later was named its manager and promoted to vice president.

He later designed the bank's first computer systems and headed its computer science department until retiring in 1984.

After a brief retirement, he returned to work as business manager and later became co-owner of Street Traffic Studies Ltd., a traffic engineering and design firm. He retired a second time last year.

Mr. Carlson enjoyed travel and taking his family on fossil hunting expeditions.

He was married for 23 years to the former Juliet D'Arcy Williams, who died in 1975.

Mr. Carlson was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Mr. Carlson is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Carolyn Harkins Keavney; two sons, William E. Carlson of Boring and Charles v.K Carlson of Cockeysville; two stepsons, Michael Keavney of Baltimore and Mark Keavney of Phoenix; three stepdaughters, Gloria K. Fisher of Phoenix, Catherine K. Carlson of Cockeysville and Erin K. Kroneberger of Timonium; and 12 grandchildren.

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