Alger Zapf Jr., businessman, dies

He had been president of Wahmann Manufacturing Co.

July 31, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Alger Zapf Jr., former president of the George H. Wahmann Manufacturing Co., died July 22 from complications of Alzheimer's disease at his home in Sarasota, Fla.

The former North Baltimore resident was 86.

Mr. Zapf was born and raised in Royal Oak, Mich., and graduated in 1942 from Dondero High School.

He enlisted in the Army after high school, and part of his military training was at Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, where he met his future wife, Frances Virginia Wahmann.

Trained as a medic, Mr. Zapf served with an artillery unit, and fought at the Battle of the Bulge and later was part of the military effort that liberated Germany.

After the war, Mr. Zapf married his wife in 1947 and enrolled at Loyola College, from which he earned a bachelor's degree in business in 1949.

Mr. Zapf joined his wife's family's business, the George H. Wahmann Manufacturing Co., and spent the remainder of his business career there, eventually becoming its president.

The company, which became the Wahmann Manufacturing Co. on Aylesbury Road in Timonium, had produced sheet metal bakery products. During his tenure, he oversaw the transition of the business into the fabrication of veterinary laboratory equipment.

After the business was sold in 1973, the former resident of North Charles Street and Lake Avenue moved to Sarasota.

A Mason, he was a former member of Grace United Methodist Church in North Baltimore. He had been president of the Patron's Club at McDonogh School.

He was an accomplished woodworker and artist. He enjoyed carving models of wildlife and duck decoys. He was a member of the Carving Club of Sarasota.

An avid theater-goer, he supported community theater in Sarasota and also the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota.

His wife died in 2001.

Services were held Friday in Sarasota.

Surviving are two sons, Richard Zapf of Towson and Dr. Charles Zapf of Atlanta; and a granddaughter.

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