Lawrence P. Prodoehl, 50, senior claims supervisor


Lawrence P. Prodoehl, a senior claims supervisor for Zurich North America and former owner of a Parkville scuba diving shop, died of pulmonary fibrosis Sunday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Westminster resident was 50.

Mr. Prodoehl was born in Baltimore and raised on Milestone Road in Randallstown. He was a 1971 graduate of Randallstown High School and attended the University of Baltimore.

He began his career in 1974 as an insurance claims adjuster for Free State Adjusters and, in 1988, took a job in surety and financial claims for Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland, which was acquired by the Zurich companies.

Mr. Prodoehl was an accomplished scuba and skydiver and enjoyed diving on shipwrecks off the coast of South Carolina. Until selling the business last year, he had owned Diver's Den on Harford Road.

Mr. Prodoehl also was a licensed pilot and avid Ravens fan.

"He was a person who loved adventure," said his wife of 30 years, the former Susan K. Miller.

Mr. Prodoehl was a member of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Eldersburg.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 7200 Liberty Road in Woodlawn.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Prodoehl is survived by a daughter, Lauren Nicole Prodoehl of Westminster; his stepmother, Patricia Prodoehl Spencer of Randallstown; a brother, James C. Prodoehl of Westminster; and two sisters, Judith A.P. James of Gamber and R. Theresa Prodoehl of Harrisonburg, Va.

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