Charles E. McKeldin, 89, salesman

September 07, 2006

Charles E. McKeldin, a retired pharmaceutical salesman and woodcarver, died of complications from diabetes Aug. 30 at Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson. The former longtime Northeast Baltimore resident was 89.

Mr. McKeldin, a nephew of the former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin, was born in the city and raised on Cleveland and Carroll streets.

During World War II, he worked as a riveter and machinist at Bethlehem Steel's Fairfield shipyard building Liberty ships while attending night classes at Polytechnic Institute. He graduated in 1945.

He earned an associate's degree in 1948 and his law degree in 1950, both from the University of Baltimore.

Not interested in practicing law, Mr. McKeldin was a pharmaceutical salesman for Wyeth Laboratories for 22 years before retiring in 1979.

He was a former president of the Woodring Avenue Improvement Association and a former officer of the Greater Northeast Baltimore Improvement Association.

"For many years, he organized and coordinated the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration at the old Memorial Stadium," said a son, Charles E. McKeldin Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va.

Mr. McKeldin was an avid collector and carver of duck decoys. He also was an Orioles and Colts fan.

Mr. McKeldin was a communicant of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, 5310 Harford Road, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Also surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Margaret Quinn; another son, J. Michael McKeldin of Bend, Ore.; a daughter, Barbara J. Adams of Crownpoint, N.M.; a sister, Emma Burke of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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