William E. Lamble Jr., 89

Food company executive

April 11, 2007

William E. Lamble Jr., a retired food company executive, died of bladder cancer Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The North Baltimore resident was 89.

Mr. Lamble was born in Baltimore and raised on West University Parkway. He attended Loyola High School and Gilman School.

"He was kicked out of both and never graduated from high school," said his wife of 51 years, the former Florence Garth. He nevertheless earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1939.

In 1939, Mr. Lamble began his career with Southern Packing Co. on South Carey Street as an apprentice in canned and frozen food processing. He later rose to vice president and general manager of the business, which had been established by his family.

FOR THE RECORD - An obituary published in yesterday's editions for William E. Lample Jr. misstated the high school from which he graduated. He was a member of the Class of 1933 at Loyola High School. The Sun regrets the error.

He was named company president in 1956, and for the next decade ran the business until he sold it in 1966 to Aero-Jet Chemical Co. He remained president and repurchased the business two years later.

During the 1960s, in a partnership with McCormick & Co. and the Borden Co., Mr. Lamble built and operated a frozen food plant in Mexico.

In 1970, he sold the business again, this time to Moxie Industries, and stayed on as president until starting a frozen fruit sales company several years later. He sold that business in 1992.

Earlier in his career, he also owned and later sold the Maryland Beverage Co., manufacturers of canned drinks, and the William Grecht Co., a real estate firm.

He was a past president of the Middle Atlantic Food Processors Association, Baltimore Canned Food Exchange and Chesapeake Dairy Mixers.

In 1993, Mr. Lamble was shot in the face while watching TV in his Green Spring Valley home. After numerous reconstructive surgeries, he was able to resume an active life, his wife said. The assailants were never found.

Mr. Lamble was a champion golfer and squash and tennis player, and was a member of the Maryland Club, Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and the Baltimore Country Club.

He was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 5800 Smith Ave., where a memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Lamble is survived by many nieces and nephews.

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