H. Lee Vanderpool, a CSX Intermodal executive, died Saturday of cancer at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia. The Westminster resident was 48.
Since 1991, Mr. Vanderpool had been director of international sales for the Hunt Valley-based subsidiary of CSX Corp.
CSX Intermodal offers shippers a rail-truck-ship connection for the movement of cargoes from the Port of Baltimore.
"He had the unique ability to give more of himself than he took from others," said M. McNeil Porter, president and chief executive officer of CSX Intermodal. "He was very much a part of the success of our young company and will be sorely missed by those lucky enough to have known him."
Dan Murphy, director of media relations for the subsidiary, said: "CSX Intermodal is one of the fastest growing segments of CSX, and he was good at what he did.
"Lee was an extraordinary sales executive and leader, and was one of the most highly respected executives in the entire industry and just a fine man," Mr. Murphy said .
Mr. Vanderpool began his career in 1970 as a sales representative for Sea-Land Service Inc. in Elizabeth, N.J. He was promoted to account executive in 1973 and moved to Baltimore. In 1988, he was named senior account specialist.
In 1986, CSX bought Sea-Land Inc., and two years later, Mr. Vanderpool was named manager of national accounts, and later director of national accounts, handling such customers as United Parcel Service and the U.S. Postal Service.
His professional memberships include the Propeller Club of Baltimore and the Traffic Club of Baltimore.
Born and raised in Endicott, N.Y., Mr. Vanderpool was a 1965 graduate of Union Endicott High School. In 1970, he earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Jacksonville University.
He had been active in the Sykesville Recreation Council, and was a member of Turf Valley Country Club.
Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Marilyn J. Allen; a son, Michael Allen Vanderpool of Owings Mills; his father, Harold Vanderpool of Endicott; his mother, Ione Queiser of Endwell, N.Y.; and two sisters, Beverly Mitrus of Endicott and Shirley Steele of Binghamton, N.Y.