William A. Lorenz, 80

Traffic manager

April 10, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

William Aaron Lorenz, a retired industrial traffic manager who collected antique whistles, died of complications from Parkinson's disease April 2 at his Annapolis home. He was 80.

Mr. Lorenz was born and raised in Coshocton, Ohio. During World War II, he served with the Army's adjutant general's office and was honorably discharged in 1947.

In the late 1940s, he attended Bliss Business College in Columbus, Ohio. In 1950, he joined W.R. Grace & Co. in Baltimore and later was assigned to the company's office in Memphis, Tenn., as an industrial traffic manager.

After retiring in 1990, he worked a few years for the Tire & Battery Corp. in Memphis before moving to Annapolis in 1994. He had earlier lived in Catonsville.

Mr. Lorenz volunteered at Eastport Elementary School in Annapolis.

Mr. Lorenz enjoyed waterfowl carving, gardening and collecting mouth whistles.

"He began collecting brass, bronze, sterling silver, lead and plastic whistles in 1982. He had all kinds of whistles, including chatelaine whistles, referee's whistles, bosun's whistles, policemen's whistles, baby whistles, dog whistles, Boy Scout whistles and wooden train whistles," said his wife of 57 years, the former Joyce Chandler. "I wanted him to write a book about his collection."

Mr. Lorenz was an active member of Eastport United Methodist Church, where services were held Monday.

Survivors also include a daughter, Karen Karos of Annapolis; a sister, Diann Souslin of Coshocton; and two grandsons.

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