Robert W. Sharp, a retired district manager for Lincoln Electric Co. who was a welding expert and an avid sailor, died Sept. 4 of respiratory failure at his North Baltimore home. He was 100.
The son of Robert Edward Sharp and Eula Rebecca Sharp, Robert Williamson Sharp was born and raised in Cleveland, where he graduated from Cleveland Heights High School.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1939 from Miami University of Ohio and a degree in welding in 1940 from Ohio State University.
Mr. Sharp tried enlisting in the Navy but was twice rejected because he was color-blind. He later bribed his way in with a box of chocolate candy, family members said.
He entered the Navy in 1942, and for the next three years, he was in charge of the hull department at Evansville Shipyard in Evansville, Ind., where he introduced advanced welding techniques for the construction and launching of landing ship tanks, or LSTs. He also served in shipyards in Bath, Maine, and Seattle.
After being discharged in 1945, he joined Lincoln Electric Co., based in Euclid, Ohio, which manufactured welding equipment. He established branch offices in Washington and Indianapolis, and in 1950 came to Baltimore when he opened an office, where he was district manager until retiring in 1982.
The longtime Gittings Avenue and Gibson Island resident was president from 1994 to 1996 of the Friends of the American Wing at the Baltimore Museum of Art and was a board member and treasurer of the U.S. Federation of Friends of Museums. He was also a member of the Rotary Club.
He enjoyed sailing his Norwegian-built sailboat Tarantella in the Chesapeake Bay and spending time at a home he owned on Chapoquoit Island on Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts. He also was a world traveler.
Mr. Sharp was a 67-year member of the Gibson Island Club and served as its president from 1959 to 1961. He was also commodore of its yacht squadron in 1964-1965.
From 1958 until 2008, he was a member of the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake and was also a member of the Chapoquoit Yacht Club. Other club memberships included the Maryland and Elkridge clubs.
His wife of 28 years, the former Emmalou “Scotty” Tullock, died in 1977.
There are no services.
Mr. sharp is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Mary Miller Naquin; two stepsons, Stuart Naquin of Hampden and David Naquin of Albuquerque, N.M.; two stepdaughters, Susan Naquin of Lawrenceville, N.J., and Carole Naquin of Montpelier, Vt.; and four grandchildren