Edwin M. Hendrickson Sr., 82, banking executive

December 07, 2004

Edwin Mason Hendrickson Sr., a retired banking executive, former member of the state Public Service Commission and decorated World War II fighter pilot, died of heart failure Friday at his Hagerstown home. He was 82.

Mr. Hendrickson was born and raised in Frederick and was a 1940 graduate of Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. He interrupted studies at Washington and Lee University when he enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1942.

Assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron of the 8th Air Force in England, Mr. Hendrickson completed 63 missions over enemy territory aboard P-51 Mustangs. His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Three Clusters, European Theater Operation Ribbon with Four Battle Stars and a Distinguished Unit Citation.

Holding the rank of lieutenant at his 1945 discharge, Mr. Hendrickson enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park, and earned his bachelor's degree in business in 1947.

From 1948 to 1965, he was president of Dietrich & Gambrill Inc., a family-owned feed company in Frederick. From 1967 until retiring in 1992, he was a senior vice president with First National Bank of Maryland.

In 1992, he was appointed to the Public Service Commission by then-Gov. William Donald Schaefer and served until 2001.

Mr. Hendrickson was a past president and member of the board of the Maryland Historical Society and was active in the civic and cultural life of Hagerstown.

He had been a member of the Washington County Industrial Foundation, City of Hagerstown Charter Revision Committee, Home Owners Foundation of Washington County, Washington County Symphony Society and the Mason-Dixon Council of Boy Scouts of America.

He was a member of the Maryland Club and Fountain Head Country Club.

Mr. Hendrickson was a former vestryman and longtime communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hagerstown, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Virginia Lane Gambrill; two sons, Edwin Mason Hendrickson Jr. and James G. Hendrickson, both of Bethesda; a daughter, Mary Carter Morgan of Frederick; two brothers, Carroll H. Hendrickson Jr. of Frederick and John D. Hendrickson of Ruxton; eight grandchildren; and a great grandson.

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