Harry A. Fountain, company owner

December 08, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Harry Albert Fountain, former president and owner of a Baltimore welding supply company, died in his sleep Nov. 27 at the home of a daughter in White Stone, Va.

The longtime Lutherville resident was 85.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Kenwood Avenue, Mr. Fountain was a 1941 graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater as a radio technician aboard Martin PBM seaplanes.

After the war, Mr. Fountain went to work in sales for the Welders Supply Co., eventually becoming owner of the business in 1955.

He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial management in 1957 from the University of Baltimore, and his law degree in 1976, from the university's law school.

He retired in 1988 as president of his company, after turning over the business to his sons, who continue to operate it.

Mr. Fountain, who was active in Republican politics, ran unsuccessfully for the House of Delegates during the 1970s.

He was a Mason and a member of the Boumi Temple.

Mr. Fountain was an avid boater and fisherman.

Services are private.

Surviving are two sons, Bradley Fountain and Jeffrey Fountain, both of Lutherville; two daughters, Randy P. Fountain of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Christy Fountain of White Stone, Va.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His marriage to the former Jean Rollings ended in divorce.

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