John M. Weldon, 66, building manager

December 08, 2005

John M. Weldon, former manager of the historic Candler Building in downtown Baltimore and active member of the Building Owners and Managers Association, died of multiple myeloma Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The White Marsh resident was 66.

Mr. Weldon was born in Baltimore and raised on East Lake Avenue in North Baltimore. He was a 1957 graduate of City College and served in the Army as a military policeman from 1957 to 1960.

In the early 1960s, Mr. Weldon joined his father, Stewart G. Weldon, who established S.G. Weldon Co., a real estate management firm, in 1961. Five years later, the elder Mr. Weldon, with two other partners, became part-owner of the Candler Building at Pratt Street and Market Place.

After his father's death in 1982, Mr. Weldon continued operating his father's company and managing the Candler Building until retiring in 1994.

The 12-story Candler Building, completed in 1911 and named for Asa G. Candler, founder of the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co., was for many years one of the company's three primary Coke offices and distribution sites.

When the Social Security Administration began operations in 1936, its original headquarters were in the Candler Building. Other well-known Baltimore businesses that had been located in the building over the years included White Rose Paper Co., Garamond-Pridemark Press, Reese Press, French-Bray Printing Co. and Lincoln Lithoplates Inc.

Mr. Weldon's family's involvement with the Candler Building dated to 1925, when his grandfather was hired by the Candler family and brought to Baltimore from Newark, N.J., to manage the building.

Mr. Weldon had been president, vice president and secretary-treasurer of the local chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association.

Mr. Weldon, who had lived in Joppatowne for more than 30 years before moving to White Marsh in 1999, enjoyed home renovation projects, which included building an addition to his home. He also liked camping with his family.

He was a member of the Warren Lodge of the Masons and the Boumi Temple.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, York and Cedarcroft roads.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, the former Erika Krausert; two sons, John M. Weldon Jr. of Hanover, Pa., and James S. Weldon of Laurel; two sisters, Margaret W. Todd of Hunt Valley and Claire W. Hackett of Richmond, Va.; and four grandchildren.

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