Richard H. Tilghman, 82, towing company executive


Richard Henry Tilghman, a retired Moran Towing Co. executive, died of cancer Dec. 7 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The longtime Northwood resident was 82.

Mr. Tilghman was born in Baltimore and raised on Oliver Street. He was a 1940 graduate of City College and earned an associate's degree in business from the old Baltimore College of Commerce.

After serving with the Army in Europe during World War II, Mr. Tilghman went to work for Curtis Bay Towing Co. which was later taken over by Moran. He was vice president and treasurer of the company at his retirement in 1986.

Mr. Tilghman was a member of the Propeller Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9083.

During the 1970s, he had been active with Boy Scout Troop 648 at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, where his twin sons attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

He was a communicant and choir member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Baynesville, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

Mr. Tilghman is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Katharine Thumser; three sons, Richard H. Tilghman of Chicago, Joseph J. Tilghman of Ocean City and Jeffrey J. Tilghman of Hartford, Conn.; two daughters, Kathy A. Tilghman of Parkville and Barbara M. Tilghman of Towson; and eight grandchildren.

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