Anthony J. Koehne, molding company president


Anthony J. Koehne, retired president of Poly-Seal Corp., died Monday at Sinai Hospital of complications from injuries he suffered in a fall on Nov. 8. He was 73.

In 1968, he joined the East Baltimore plastic molding company as vice president in charge of manufacturing. He was appointed president in 1982 and retired in 1985.

"Tony was by far and away one of the guiding powers that forged our company's success," said Robert N. Gillman, president and chairman of Poly-Seal. "He was a very special and capable individual who took us through a bankruptcy. He could be rough and gruff but was always fair. He never held a grudge, and the next minute after being tough, he'd turn and say, 'How are you, kid?'

"He was the kind of guy who . . . wasn't out to impress people -- he wanted to help them," Mr. Gillman said.

A mechanical engineer, Mr. Koehne began his business career with the Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey in Elizabeth. He was plant manager for Allied Chemical Corp. in Tonawanda, N.Y., before moving to Baltimore.

Born and reared in Appleton, Wis., he was a cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1942. He received his master's degree from the Harvard Business School in 1948.

During World War II, he served with the Persian Gulf Command in an ordinance unit and was discharged in 1946 with the rank of captain.

A longtime resident of Fair Oaks in Severna Park, he made his home in recent years in nearby Cape McKinsey. He was active in community affairs and was a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 689 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, where he was a communicant for 26 years.

A son, David A. Koehne, died in 1970.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ellen Raftery, whom he married in 1954; two sons, Anthony F. Koehne and Daniel T. Koehne, both of Severna Park; three daughters, Mary Drymala of Pasadena, Barbara Thomas of Sebastopol, Calif., and Elizabeth McCabe of Doylestown, Pa.; seven brothers, the Rev. David Koehne of Wrightstown, Wis., Karl Koehne, James Koehne and Paul Koehne, all of Appleton, Thomas Koehne of West Orange, N.J., Richard Koehne of Virginia Beach, Va., and Robert Koehne of Milwaukee; a sister, Mary Koehne of Marinette, Wis.; and 14 grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore 21298; or Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, 515 S. Haven St., Baltimore 21224.

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