Robert F. Hochwarth

[Age 76] The lawyer served as senior counsel for CSX.

April 28, 2007

Robert F. Hochwarth, a retired railroad lawyer who had been senior counsel at CSX and was an avid sports fan, died of pulmonary disease Wednesday at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. The Mays Chapel resident was 76.

Mr. Hochwarth was born in Baltimore and raised in Pikesville. He was a 1949 graduate of Loyola High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola College in 1953.

He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955 and attained the rank of corporal. He then enrolled at the University of Maryland School of Law.

After earning his law degree in 1958, he clerked for Judge William Horney of the Maryland Court of Appeals in Annapolis before joining the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's corporate finance department in 1961.

He was later promoted to chief corporate finance lawyer of the Chessie System and worked in Cleveland at the railroad's headquarters in the Terminal Tower Building from 1973 to 1986, when he returned to Baltimore.

He was senior counsel for CSX, successor company to the Chessie System when he retired in 1992.

Mr. Hochwarth was an Orioles and Colts season ticket holder and began jogging in the early 1970s.

"He was jogging long before it became popular around our Lutherville neighborhood, and people gave him the nickname of the `Gray Ghost,'" said his wife of 47 years, the former Ann Baldwin.

Mr. Hochwarth enjoyed playing golf three days a week at Pine Ridge or Mount Pleasant golf courses.

He was a longtime member of Retired Administrators Baltimore and Ohio, a railroad retirement association. He was also was a member of the board of Powell Recovery Center, which helps those suffering from substance abuse.

Mr. Hochwarth was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6428 York Road in Rodgers Forge.

Also surviving are two sons, Robert F. Hochwarth of Greensboro, N.C., and Thomas B. Hochwarth of Baltimore; four daughters, Patricia A. Sheehan of Cleveland, Elizabeth K. Hochwarth and Karen A Bender, both of Towson, and Mary M. Hochwarth of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

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