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Joseph Lawrence "Larry" Bohlen Jr., railroader

Joseph Lawrence "Larry" Bohlen Jr., who had been director of risk management for CSX, died Friday of multiple organ failure at his Rossville home. He was 76.

Mr. Bohlen, whose father was superintendent at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River and whose mother was a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised on his family's farm in Rosedale.

Mr. Bohlen — who did not use his first name — was a 1953 graduate of Kenwood High School. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a law degree from the University of Baltimore.

He also had served in the Army Reserves in the early 1960s.

Mr. Bohlen worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant and Koppers Co. He taught mathematics for a year at Kenwood High School before going to work in 1966 for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad as an accident claims agent.

Mr. Bohlen was later promoted to director of risk management and retired from CSX in 1998.

"He was a humble man offering legal and financial advice to anyone who asked," said his son, J. Lawrence "Larry" Bohlen III of Mount Washington.

He was known for his homemade strawberry ice cream and enjoyed building bonfires and repairing bikes for neighborhood children.

Mr. Bohlen was a longtime volunteer and member of Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ, where his family had been members for a century and he served as council president.

He held a private pilot's license and enjoyed boating and fishing. He also liked to entertain family and friends with poetic recitations and comic monologues.

Mr. Bohlen was a member of the Retired Administrators of the B&O Railroad.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Lassahn Funeral Home, 7401 Belair Road, Overlea.

Also surviving are his wife of 47 years, the former Mary L. Hyman; a daughter, Laurie Bohlen White of Lafayette, Colo.; two sisters, Ann Barbalace of White Marsh and Margie Bohlen Bonnett of Timonium; and two grandchildren.

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