Bernard A. Appel, 77, business executive

April 16, 2005

Bernard A. Appel, former president of Calvert Drug Co. and later chief financial officer for furniture-maker David-Edward Limited, died of heart failure Tuesday at his Lutherville home. He was 77.

Mr. Appel was born in Baltimore and raised in Overlea. After graduating in 1945 from Mount St. Joseph High School, he served in the Navy.

He earned a degree in business in 1951 from the Johns Hopkins University, and for the next 11 years was controller of Henry B. Gilpin Co., wholesale druggists. During the 1960s and early 1970s, he was production manager at National Brewing Co. in Highlandtown.

Mr. Appel was president of Calvert Drug from 1975 until 1979, when he took a job as chief financial officer at David-Edward Limited, an Arbutus-based company that specializes in custom seating for stadiums, theaters and executive offices. He retired in 1999.

He was an avid golfer and had been a member of Hillendale Country Club and the Country Club of Maryland.

Mr. Appel was a longtime parishioner of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville, where a memorial Mass will be offered at noon April 29.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, the former Ann Aumiller; four sons, Thomas Appel of Towson, Lawrence Appel of Owings Mills, Gary Appel of Ocean Pines and Stephen Appel of Tampa, Fla.; a daughter, Peggy McDaniel of Riderwood; two stepsons, Sean M. O'Connor of Catonsville and Michael F. O'Connor of Lutherville; a stepdaughter, Marylea Moore of Ellicott City; a brother, William Appel of Punta Gorda, Fla.; and 13 grandchildren. His marriage to Kathryn Lurz ended in divorce.

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