Robert L. Wilkinson, 92, president of Towson firm


Robert L. Wilkinson, a retired manufacturer's representative, died of heart failure Aug. 13 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 92 and lived in Sparks.

Mr. Wilkinson was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Brooklyn neighborhood. He was a 1930 graduate of City College and attended American University, where he studied business administration.

For 40 years until retiring in 1984, Mr. Wilkinson was president and chief executive officer of Robert L. Wilkinson Inc., his Towson-based firm that represented manufacturers of electronic components. His professional memberships included the Electronic Representative's Association.

After retiring, he worked part time as a travel representative for Roeder Travel Ltd. in Timonium, where he specialized in corporate travel markets.

He was a former chairman of the board of trustees of Towson United Methodist Church and the Wesley Home in Mount Washington. He also had been a director of the Jeffersonian Publishing Co. in Towson, former owner and publisher of The Jeffersonian, a weekly newspaper.

Mr. Wilkinson was also a member of Mount Moriah Lodge 116 and the Towson Rotary.

He was married for nearly 50 years to the former Edith A. Perry, who died in 1983.

Services were held Tuesday at Towson United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 13 years, the former Wanda Laird; two daughters, Ruth Ann McWilliams of Lutherville and Barbara L. Knopp of Phoenix; a stepson, Roy Norris of Catonsville; a stepdaughter, Paula Bunty of Rodgers Forge; a sister, Kathryn Bransby of Towson; 13 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

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