Francis J. Plogman, Former labor leader


A Mass of Christian burial for Francis J. Plogman, a retired shipfitter and labor union leader, will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Pikesville.

Mr. Plogman, 75, died in his sleep at his Sudbrook Park home yesterday. He suffered from heart ailments and diabetes.

He retired in 1980 after 40 years at the Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. in Baltimore. The ship yard is now closed.

He was an active member of Local 31 of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America. He served several two-year terms as president of the union, the first beginning in 1956. From 1969 to 1971, he was executive secretary of the local affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

Family members described Mr. Plogman as a "lifelong advocate of organized labor." He served as a labor representative during the post-World War II reconstruction of Germany.

A 1934 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, he lived in the city before moving to Sudbrook Park in 1954.

After retirement, Mr. Plogman was active in the Baltimore Kickers, a fraternal and sports group, the German Society of Maryland and Deutsche Geselligkeit, another German organization.

He is survived by his wife, Anne C. Plogman of Sudbrook Park; a brother, William Plogman of Ocean Pines; a sister, Genevieve Kuchta of Pikesville; two sons, John and Mark Plogman of Woodlawn; three daughters, Carolyn Chyzus of Glen Arm, Diane Hanna of Westminster and Suzanne Plogman of Greenbelt; three grandsons and one granddaughter.

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