F. Weston Fenhagen, 81, newspaper editor

October 15, 2004

F. Weston Fenhagen, a former Baltimore County newspaper editor and retired foreign service public affairs officer, died Oct. 8 of accidental asphyxiation while eating at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 81.

Mr. Fenhagen was born in Baltimore and raised in the 900 block of St. Paul St. He was the son of architect G. Corner Fenhagen, who designed City College and the Johns Hopkins University's Shriver Hall.

Mr. Fenhagen graduated in 1939 from St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Del. He interrupted college studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to become a volunteer American Field Service medic during World War II.

He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at Chapel Hill in 1946. He worked in the Paris office of the Chicago Tribune before returning to Baltimore in 1950, when he and partner W. Fenwick Keyser established the Eastern Enterprise in Dundalk. The weekly merged with the Union News in Towson, which later became the County News.

Mr. Fenhagen left in 1961 for a Ford Foundation fellowship in journalism at Columbia University in New York City, and the next year embarked on a 25-year career in the U.S. diplomatic corps.

Mr. Fenhagen then returned to Chapel Hill and became editor of the university's alumni publications and magazine. After retiring in 1993, he became a volunteer, helping people with AIDS, abused teenagers and death-row inmates.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, the former Betsy Young; a son, James W. Fenhagen of Atlanta; a daughter, M. Caitlin Fenhagen of Carrboro, N.C.; a sister, Christina Anderson of Las Vegas; and three stepdaughters, Darby Carstarphen of the Virgin Islands, Anna O'D. Wilson of Baltimore and Marianna O'D. Fisher of Coatesville, Pa. His marriage to the former Anna Reeves O'Donovan ended in divorce.

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