Howard T. King Jr., 77, railroad photographer

December 22, 2004

Howard T. King Jr., a retired Chessie System railroad photographer and museum volunteer, died Dec. 15 of complications from a fall after heart surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Halethorpe resident was 77.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Halethorpe, he attended Baltimore County public schools and worked as a clerk for the old Baltimore & Ohio Railroad at its Charles Street headquarters. In the 1940s, he served in the Army Air Forces.

After returning to the railroad, he became a staff photographer, working closely with its public relations and publications divisions.

After his 1989 retirement from what had become the Chessie System, he volunteered at the B&O Railroad Museum for 11 years, two days a week. He cataloged and filed more than 10,000 slides and numerous historic photos.

"He was helpful because he could identify photographs," said Anne Calhoun, the museum's former librarian. "He knew the rail equipment and the people in the pictures. I learned a lot from him."

Mr. King also enjoyed baking and tinkering with computers and electronic gadgets.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church, where he was a member.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Ruth Sears.

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