William C. Coulson, 74, Westinghouse Electric official


December 02, 2005

William C. Coulson, a retired Westinghouse Electric Co. official, died of heart failure Monday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Timonium resident was 74.

Mr. Coulson was born in Baltimore and raised on Oak Forest Avenue in Catonsville. He was a 1949 graduate of Catonsville High School and attended what is now Towson University.

He enlisted in the Army in 1952 and served with its security agency in Korea.

"During 1953, he was in a tent three miles from the 38th parallel as a radio interceptor listening to North Korean communications," said a son, Timothy S. Coulson of Rockville.

Discharged as a corporal in 1955, he attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1957.

Mr. Coulson worked for 32 years at Westinghouse's Linthicum plant, where he was manager in charge of procurement of satellite and missile components. He retired in 1990.

He was an avid reader.

Mr. Coulson was an active member of Timonium United Methodist Church, where he helped prepare church suppers and worked in the office.

A memorial service will be held at the church, Pot Spring and Chantrey roads, at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Karen Ellensen; another son, Thomas C. Coulson of Shrewsbury, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

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