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William Brooke Tunstall, AT&T executive

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William Brooke Tunstall, a retired AT&T executive who captained two championship Johns Hopkins lacrosse teams, died of a stroke March 30 at his Summit, N.J., home. He was 90 and had lived in Towson.

Born in Norfolk, Va., and raised in Baltimore's Mount Washington, he became a water boy to the Mount Washington Club's lacrosse team. A 1940 Polytechnic Institute graduate, he played football, hockey and lacrosse at Union College. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and did pre-officer training at Cornell University, where he played lacrosse and was named First Team All American attackman.

He served in the South Pacific and later in Korea.

He earned an engineering degree at the Johns Hopkins University and was its lacrosse team captain in 1947 and 1948. He was named First Team All American both those years. His team also won the National Intercollegiate Championships. He twice received the Turnbull trophy.

In 1977, Mr. Tunstall was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

He joined the old Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. in Baltimore in the 1950s and lived on Stevenson Lane. He moved on to serve the Bell System and later AT&T corporate as vice president for organization and management systems in New York City and in New Jersey.

When the federal courts ordered the breakup of the Bell System in 1982, he served as director of divestiture planning. He was the author of "Disconnecting Parties: An Inside View of Managing the Bell System Break-Up."

After retiring from the telephone company, Mr. Tunstall became a business consultant and worked in corporate planning and organization design. He often spoke on the topics of corporate culture and its impact on operations.

He enjoyed tennis and the outdoors.

A military honors graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Druid Ridge Cemetery, 7900 Park Heights Ave. He had been a member of St. David's Episcopal Church.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Margaret Bichy; three daughters, Tricia Tunstall of Maplewood, N.J., Leslie Tunstall of Edison, N.J., and Paige Tunstall Gilberti of Basking Ridge, N.J.; and five grandchildren.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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