Alexander H. Pappas, 85, food supplier executive

October 21, 2004

Alexander Harry Pappas, retired vice president of a business that supplied food to hotels, restaurants and schools, died of kidney failure Friday at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. He was 85.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Liberty Heights Avenue, he was a 1938 graduate of Forest Park High School, where he played varsity football and was named to The Sun's All-Maryland team. He attended Wake Forest University and earned a degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

During World War II, he was a supply corps officer in Guam and attained the rank of lieutenant.

He then helped manage his family's WB&A Restaurants, a chain of railroad and bus station lunchrooms in Washington, Annapolis, Glen Burnie and Baltimore -- the latter now the site of the downtown Holiday Inn. The restaurants were located in the depots of an old electric interurban railroad whose route the light rail line partially follows.

He was also vice president of Atlas Supply Co., an institutional food services business on South Central Avenue, where he retired in 1982, and a partner in the family-owned H.G. Pappas and Sons commercial real estate firm.

A Mason and member of Boumi Temple, he also was a member of the American Hellenic Progressive Educational Association, Hillendale Country Club and the Baltimore Country Club, where he played golf and scored a hole-in-one four times.

Services were held Monday at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, where he was a lifelong member, formerly sat on its parish council and was a past treasurer. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Chrysanthe Alevizatos; two sons, Philip A. Pappas of New Windsor and James N. Pappas of Lutherville; two daughters, Calla P. Merkle of Towson and Christina P. Stone of Houston; two brothers, George H. Pappas of Ruxton and Harry P. Pappas of Baltimore; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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