Robert R. Brannan, 81

Businessman, veteran

December 17, 2007

Robert Russel Brannan, a retired business executive, died of complications from neck cancer Wednesday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 81.

Mr. Brannan was born in Cleveland and raised in Ruxton. He attended Friends School and enlisted with the Navy during World War II, serving as a radar technician on a troop transport in the Philippines.

After the war, he earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, where he met his future wife, Pauline Hilary Crapster.

For more than 40 years, Mr. Brannan worked for Anchor Post Products, a Baltimore manufacturing company, his last 10 years as president and chief executive officer. He also was on the board of directors for the Maryland Chapter of the American Heart Association and was an avid sailor for most of his life.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., Baltimore.

Mr. Brannan is survived by his wife of 57 years; three sons, Robert Brannan Jr. of Crofton, John Brannan of Colonial Heights, Va., and Stephen Brannan of Los Angeles; two daughters, Patricia Brannan of Baltimore and Elizabeth Hottel of Centreville; three sisters, Paula Dilfer, Marjorie Taylor and Kathrine Curry; and six granddaughters.

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