Alexander C.R. Wilson, tool company executive and boater

March 26, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Alexander C.R. "Zander" Wilson, a retired Black & Decker Corp. executive and badminton fan, died Sunday of cancer at his Towson home. He was 83.

Alexander Charles Robinson Wilson, the son of an insurance executive and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Ashburton; his family later moved to the Charles Apartments in North Baltimore.

After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1944, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1947 in electrical engineering from Duke University.

He began working at Black & Decker in 1946 and eventually was named director of electrical engineering.

After retiring in 1983, Mr. Wilson, who held several patents, became a freelance business consultant and counted among his clients Branch Electric.

Mr. Wilson enjoyed running, tennis and badminton, and had served as president of the Maryland Badminton Association.

He enjoyed spending summers at a second home in Ocean City and sailing his boat, The Wilson Line, which took its name from the former steamship company.

Mr. Wilson was an active member and supporter of The Duke Seven, an alumni organization.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, in Rodgers Forge.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Margaret Anne Eierman, a watercolorist and retired educator; a son, Dr. Alexander F. Wilson of Phoenix, Baltimore County; a daughter, Anne R. Wilson Almand of Ocean City; and four grandchildren.

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