Charles Carroll Jr.

[ Age 88 ] Headed a construction industry research foundation.

Mr. Carroll worked for years in construction materials businesses, including MacLea Lumber of Baltimore.

October 18, 2007|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,Sun Reporter

Charles Rivers Carroll Jr., a retired construction materials salesman, died of pulmonary failure Monday at Sinai Hospital. The Roland Park resident was 88.

Born in Richmond, Va., and raised in Grandview-on-Hudson, N.Y., he enjoyed sailing and ice boating as a young man from his family's riverfront home near the Tappan Zee Bridge. He attended Bard College and the Johns Hopkins University.

He served in the 7th Regiment of the New York National Guard in 1939 and in the Army from 1940 to 1946. He was stationed on Luzon, in the Philippines, where, as a sergeant, he supervised a 12-man communications section in a combat engineer light pontoon company.

In 1945, he married Baltimorean Elizabeth Post Hartz, who was a pilot in the Women's Air Service Pilots.

He began his own business, Kiefer Carroll Antiques on Woodbourne Avenue in Govans, in the 1940s. He subsequently worked for many years in businesses related to wood and construction materials, including MacLea Lumber of Baltimore, US Plywood-Champion Papers and Bowne Information Systems.

He was elected a fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute in 1968. In recent years, he worked in the development of computer applications for construction specifications. He retired in 2006 as executive director of the Construction Sciences Research Foundation, an agency he ran from his home.

His interests included gardening, especially roses and holly, as well as woodworking.

Plans for a memorial service at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where Mr. Carroll was a member, are incomplete. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Dr. Carlos Carroll of Orleans, Calif.; two daughters, Mary Carroll Moore of Bridgewater, Conn., and Dr. Ann Carroll Klassen of Baltimore; three sisters, Dorothy Carroll of West Chester, Pa., Rose Carroll Dale of Kennett Square, Pa. and Patricia Carroll Compton of Woodstock Vt.; and two grandsons. A daughter, Elizabeth Carroll Bradley, died last year.

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