Edward A. Crooke

Age 70 Energy chief rose through ranks.

August 15, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Edward A. Crooke, retired vice chairman of Constellation Energy Group and Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., died Sunday of cancer at his Ellicott City home. He was 70.

Mr. Crooke, who was born in Washington and raised in Silver Spring, graduated in 1956 from Archbishop Carroll High School.

Mr. Crooke, who had earlier worked as a Montgomery County police officer and a Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. lineman, received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in business administration from Loyola College.

He also graduated from Harvard Business School, where he earned a degree in advanced management.

Mr. Crooke joined BGE as an associate financial analyst and subsequently served as supervisor of financial planning, vice president of finance and accounting, and corporate secretary.

He was president and chief operating officer of BGE from 1992 to 1998. From 1996 to 1998, he was chairman of the board of directors for Constellation Holdings and chairman of the board of Constellation Enterprises Inc.

Mr. Crooke retired as vice chairman of Constellation Energy and BGE in 2001, but he retained a seat on the board of directors of Constellation Energy from 1998 until his death.

"As a leader of Constellation Energy and BGE, as well as a member of the board of directors, Ed was truly instrumental in Constellation Energy's transformation into the growing, successful company we are today," Mayo A. Shattuck III said in a statement released yesterday.

"Over four decades we benefited tremendously from his business and financial acumen, insightful leadership, integrity and his extensive experience in the energy industry," Mr. Shattuck said.

Mr. Crooke's directorships included AEGIS Insurance Services Inc., Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Limited and Baltimore Equitable Society.

His board memberships included Allfirst Financial, Allfirst Bank, Corporate Office Properties Trust and Orion Power Holdings Inc.

He formerly was a trustee of Goucher College, Baltimore Museum of Art, Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Investment Committee and its Partners in Excellence Program.

Mr. Crooke had served in the Army Reserve from 1956 to 1964.

He enjoyed reading history, mysteries and spy thrillers, family members said. He was also a member of the Baltimore Country Club, where he liked to golf.

Mr. Crooke was a communicant of St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike in Clarksville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Surviving are his wife of 39 years, the former Ann McDaniel; a daughter, Angie Straub of Woodbine; a brother, Richard Crooke of Frederick; two sisters, Denyse Sundell of Columbia, S.C., and Ruth Ann Evans of Falls Church, Va.; and two granddaughters.

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