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John W. Trageser Jr., mechanical engineer
John W. Trageser Jr., mechanical engineer

John W. Trageser Jr., a retired mechanical engineer who headed a contracting firm, died of cancer Sunday at his Lutherville home. He was 88. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of John W. Trageser Sr., who owned Trageser's Cozy Inn, and the former Elizabeth Faul, who ran the family business' restaurant. Raised on Gorsuch Avenue, Mr. Trageser wrote in a memoir that he sold Christmas trees and drove an ice delivery truck as a young man. He also worked at Bethlehem Steel and at the old Albert Goetze meatpacking plant. He was a 1944 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, where he was a member of the swim team. He served in the Navy during World War II. He earned a degree in...

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