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Roger P. BatchelorBusiness executiveRoger P. Batchelor, a...


Roger P. Batchelor

Business executive

Roger P. Batchelor, a retired business executive, died Monday of cancer at his Gibson Island home. He was 71.

He retired as a group vice president of the Diamond Shamrock Oil & Gas Co. in 1982. His many responsibilities for the Dallas-based company included environmental matters, governmental and investor relations and communications.

During the 1950s, he worked for a predecessor company, Pickands, Mather Iron Ore Co. of Cleveland, where he was in charge of construction and development of towns, mines and support facilities such as railroads and harbors. His work took him to such locations as Tasmania, Australia, and Labrador, Canada.

After serving in Army Intelligence during World War II in the South Pacific, he began his business career in Indianapolis as a home building contractor and a founder of the United Home Life Insurance Co. In 1950, he was called back to active duty when war broke out in Korea and was discharged in 1952 with the rank of captain.

He was born in Palmerton, Pa., the son of physicians, Roger P. and Marjorie Dietz Batchelor, both of whom graduated from the Johns Hopkins medical school in 1915. He spent much of his youth on Gibson Island where his parents had a summer home.

He was a 1940 graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and earned his bachelor's degree at Princeton University in 1944. He also studied at the Harvard Business School.

He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the Grace Commission, which recommended ways to eliminate waste in government.

He was active in numerous charitable activities and most recently was secretary to the board of trustees of St. Christopher by the Sea Episcopal Church on Gibson Island.

He had been president of the Gibson Island Club and was a member of the Society of Colonial Wars and a former member of the Maryland Club.

A memorial service was planned for 4 p.m. today at St. Christopher Church.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Mary Ellen Glossbrenner; a son, Roger P. Batchelor III of Portland, Ore.; three daughters, Talitha Breitinger of Rexford, N.Y., Nancy Batchelor of Portland, Maine, and Amy Batchelor of Los Angeles; two brothers, Dr. William Batchelor of Washington and Stephen Batchelor of Melbourne, Fla.; a sister, Miriam Corker of Hilton Head, S.C.; and six grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Anne Arundel County Library, new building, 4730 Mountain Road, Pasadena 21122; or Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville 21108.

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