A. A. Hochrein, foundryman, campaign aide


Ambrose A. Hochrein, retired district sales manager for the American Smelting and Refining Co. who was active in fraternal groups, died March 3 of cancer at the Crofton Convalescent Center.

The 84-year-old Northeast Baltimore resident retired in 1973 from the metals company for which he had worked for 50 years, starting as a clerk-typist at the Baltimore copper plant. He was a former president of the Chesapeake Chapter and member of the national board of the American Foundrymen's Society.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of parochial elementary and business schools in East Baltimore.

A former grand knight of the Cardinal Gibbons Council of the Knights of Columbus who served as president of the Baltimore Chapter of the grand Knights Association, he also was a member of the Archbishop Francis P. Keough Assembly of the Fourth degree of the Knights of Columbus. He served as chairman of an interfaith charity baseball game sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Boumi Temple and B'nai B'rith. He had served on the board and as secretary of the Hibernian Society of Baltimore, which named him Hibernian of the Year in 1991.

He was campaign manager for Rep. Edward A. Garmatz from 1960 to 1972. Mr. Hochrein was also a former president of the Mount St. Joseph High School Fathers Club.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Bowie.

He is survived by his wife, the former Geraldine A. Mutter; two sons, Frederick A. Hochrein of Clearwater, Fla., and Gus Hochrein of Olney; a daughter, Elizabeth A. Mishev of Bowie; a brother, George Hochrein of Baltimore; two sisters, Bertha Osterhaus and Loretta Hochrein of Baltimore, and five grandchildren.

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