Raymond R. Dalbke, 79, pharmaceutical salesman

February 05, 2005

Raymond R. Dalbke, a retired pharmaceutical salesman and World War II veteran, died of cardiac arrest Monday at his winter home in Green Valley, Ariz. The Forest Hill resident was 79.

Mr. Dalbke was born and raised in Chicago, and after graduating from high school joined the Merchant Marine in 1943. He served in North Atlantic convoys aboard tankers transporting high-octane fuel to European Theater.

After the war, he attended what is now Shepherd University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1949.

He taught school briefly in Arizona before moving to Maryland and taking a job in 1953 as a salesman with Lederle Laboratories, a subsidiary of American Cyanamid Co. He was Mid-Atlantic sales manager at the time of his 1991 retirement.

After retiring, he worked part time in sales for Maryland Glass & Mirror Co. in Baltimore, where his son David R. Dalbke of Severna Park is president and co-owner.

He enjoyed golfing and painting desert scenes in watercolors. He was also an accomplished gourmet cook.

Mr. Dalbke was an active communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1108 Providence Road, Towson, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 12.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, the former Dorothea Mech; another son, Matthew S. Dalbke of Canton; a brother, Richard Dalbke of Arlington Heights, Ill.; and a grandson.

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