Cartan B. Kraft, a former mechanical engineer turned chief financial officer, died Sept. 2 from complications of dementia at his home in the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. He was 81.
The son of Ned O. Kraft, an Alcoa Inc. mechanical engineer, and Helen Breck Kraft, Cartan Breck Kraft was born in St. Louis and raised in Silver Spring.
He attended St. John's High School in Washington and graduated from the Bullis School in Potomac.
He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and a master's degree in business from the Harvard Business School.
His first job after leaving Cornell was working as a mechanical engineer...