Lester Drugmand, 89

Electrical engineer

April 23, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Lester D. Drugmand, a retired executive of a heating elements firm, died of respiratory failure April 16 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 89 and lived in the Heritage Harbour community in Annapolis.

Born in Pitco, Pa., near Pittsburgh, Mr. Drugmand earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1940.

He was an engineer at the Edwin L. Wiegand Co. in Pittsburgh and rose through the ranks to become vice president of engineering. He held 42 patents in the area of electrical heating. He was later senior vice president of operations at Chromalox Canada, near Toronto.

In 1979, he moved to Maryland and became president of Electro-Therm Inc. in Laurel. He retired in 1983.

A fisherman, he also enjoyed crabbing and was a vegetable gardener and woodworker.

Services were held Monday at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, the former Helen Rhea; three daughters, Donna Claire Gallagher of Sunnyvale, Calif., Susan Dee Veenis of Riderwood and Cheryl Scisciani of Tampa, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Barbara Alvarez, died in 1996.

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