Philip John Hauswald, who worked in the family-owned Hauswald's Bakery in West Baltimore for 40 years, died Monday of complications from a stroke at Catonsville Commons Nursing Home. He was 73.
Mr. Hauswald worked in the bakery, founded by his grandmother in the early 1900s, from 1949 until the business was sold in 1989.
"This was his life's work, and he loved it," said his son, Ron Hauswald of Severna Park. "He, like everyone else, was involved in all aspects of the business."
During his full-time tenure at Hauswald's Bakery, Mr. Hauswald worked mostly in the financial end of the business. But as a youngster and in emergencies, he handled all chores.
"Once, when the machines broke, he came home with dirt all over his face from trying to fix things," said his wife, the former Ruth Stiegler, whom he married in 1949. As a boy, he helped bTC with deliveries and worked in the stockroom.
A Baltimore native, Mr. Hauswald graduated from McDonogh School in 1943. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946 during World War II and was stationed in the Philippines.
Upon his discharge, he entered Loyola College and graduated in 1949 with a degree in business. He joined the family business after graduation, and he and two cousins ran it until 1989, when it was sold to Schmidt's Bakery Co.
Relatives said Mr. Hauswald enjoyed meeting and maintaining friendships with people he met doing business.
"It was a family tradition, and it meant a lot to him," his son said.
Mr. Hauswald enjoyed playing horseshoes, gardening, water and snow skiing and spending time at his vacation home in Deep Creek.
He was past president of the Potomac State Baker's Association, and for more than 60 years he was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 929 Ingleside Ave. in Catonsville, where services are scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow .
In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by two other sons, Philip Hauswald III of Pasadena and Steve Hauswald of Severna Park; three sisters, Ruth Weston and Doris Moran, both of Sarasota, Fla., and Norma Chell of Annapolis; and five grandchildren.
Pub Date: 12/02/98