J. Stanley Rotz, FBI agent and C&P employee

January 13, 2009|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

J. Stanley Rotz, a retired FBI agent who later worked in the legal department of the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., died of a heart attack Jan. 5 at his Carney home. He was 92.

Mr. Rotz , the son of a cabinetmaker, was born and raised in Fort Loudon, Pa.

In his youth, he apprenticed with his father, helped run the local mill that supplied electricity to the town and maintained the ice house that kept the milk of local dairy farmers cold.

After graduating from Lemaster High School, he enrolled at Shippensburg State College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1938. He later earned his law degree from George Washington Law School.

He taught school before joining the FBI in 1941. He held assignments in field offices in Salt Lake City and Indianapolis before returning to Washington, where he was assigned to the bureau's domestic intelligence division.

Mr. Rotz worked on the Alger Hiss spy case before being sent to the FBI's Baltimore field office, where he was placed in charge of investigating bank robberies.

He later was promoted to assistant special agent in Baltimore. He retired in 1966.

Mr. Rotz retired on a Friday and went to work on Monday in C&P's legal department, family members said. He retired in 1982.

Mr. Rotz belonged to the Society for Former Special Agents of the FBI and enjoyed attending meetings at which members were able to test new weaponry at the FBI's training facility in Quantico, Va.

The longtime Carney resident was a member of Boumi Temple. He enjoyed woodworking and bowling.

His wife of many years, the former Elizabeth Hoch, died in 1991.

Mr. Rotz was a member of Hamilton Presbyterian Church, where services were held Saturday.

Surviving are two sons, John G. Rotz of Halethorpe and David S. Rotz of Rosedale; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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