Carl F. Bessent, 86, steel company executive

September 06, 2006

Carl F. Bessent, a retired Bethlehem Steel executive, died of pneumonia complications Aug. 27 at Edenwald Retirement Community in Towson. He was 86 and had lived in Guilford.

Born in Conway, S.C., he was a 1937 Sparrows Point High School graduate who earned a degree at Clemson Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering College in 1942. He then joined the Army and served in Europe and the Pacific. He retired in 1946 as an Air Force Reserve lieutenant colonel.

Mr. Bessent, who began work at Bethlehem Steel Corp. while in college, retired in 1981 as assistant superintendent of the general mechanical department. He was the recipient of Association of Iron and Steel Engineers awards for papers he wrote on furnaces.

Mr. Bessent was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Concordia Lodge of the Masons. He also belonged to local genealogical and patriotic societies.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cathedral and Read streets, where he had been lay reader, church historian and senior warden.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Velma Elizabeth Leitzel; two sons, Dr. C. Timothy Bessent and John M. Bessent, both of Baltimore; and a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Thomas of Florence, S.C.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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