John James Drehoff Jr., 82, manager for BGE

September 15, 2005

John James Drehoff Jr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. manager and Navy reservist, died of lung cancer Sept. 8 at his Pasadena home. He was 82.

Mr. Drehoff was born in Baltimore and raised in Lansdowne. He was a 1941 graduate of Catonsville High School and worked briefly for BGE before enlisting in the Navy in 1943.

He served in the engine room crew of the heavy cruiser USS Canberra in the Pacific Theater.

After the war, Mr. Drehoff attended Auburn University, where he was active in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1950.

His subsequent career with BGE was interrupted only by a recall to duty and assignment to a minesweeper in the Atlantic in the early 1950s. He worked in management at several Baltimore area generating plants, and later was promoted to superintendent of generation responsible for the operation of BGE's nine power plants.

He was general manager of the electric power department when he retired in 1985.

His professional memberships included the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Mr. Drehoff remained active with the naval reserve unit at Fort McHenry until retiring in 1981 with the rank of captain.

Mr. Drehoff had coached youth recreation league lacrosse and been an assistant lacrosse coach at Andover High School. He enjoyed golf, tennis, sailing and power cruising on the Magothy River.

A Mason, he was also a member of Linthicum United Methodist Church.

Services were held Monday.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Jean Ellen Daughtry; four sons, John J. Drehoff III of Orlando, Fla., Richard B. Drehoff of Virginia Beach, Va., Paul A. Drehoff of Linthicum and David T. Drehoff of Pasadena; two daughters, Deborah J. Borsetti of Owings Mills and Peggy W. Pilley of Fort Mills, S.C.; a brother, Russell Drehoff of Baltimore; two sisters, Evelyn Baker of Baltimore and Shirley Medow of Palm Desert, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren.

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