Robert W. 'Bob' Summers, C&P manager

He was general manager of C&P's Maryland operations

March 03, 2012|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Robert W. "Bob" Summers, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. manager, died Thursday of heart failure at Oak Crest Village retirement community. He was 82.

Robert Wendell Summers was born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park. He was a 1947 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1952 from the Johns Hopkins University.

He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954, and was stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, where he worked on weapons development research.

Mr. Summers joined C&P in 1954 as a telephone installer in Baltimore, and later held assignments in Hagerstown and Westminster. He had worked for American Telephone & Telegraph Co. in New York City from 1959 to 1961, when he returned to Baltimore.

He eventually became general manager of C&P's Maryland operations, a position he held until he retired in 1989.

A former longtime resident of Yorktowne Drive in Towson, Mr. Summers had been a member of the board of Liberty Federal Savings and Loan Association and had been a Hood College trustee.

Mr. Summers was a member and former president of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce.

He was a longtime volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and had worked in Sandtown-Winchester restoring houses.

He enjoyed home repairs, hiking, sailing and vacationing on the beach at Litchfield, S.C.

Mr. Summers had been a member and elder of Central Presbyterian Church in Towson, before moving to the Parkville retirement community in 2004.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at his church, 7308 York Road.

Mr. Summers is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Benita Dewey; four sons, Robert M. Summers, Stephen B. Summers and David C. Summers, all of Baltimore, and William M. Summers of Millersville; two daughters, Alison Maree Dirks of Crownsville and Benita Carole Farmer of Alexandria, Va.; a brother, Charles J. Summers of Phoenix, Ariz.; and 16 grandchildren.

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