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William Heber Faust, 91, Western Electric engineer


William Heber Faust, a retired Western Electric Corp. engineer and former Rodgers Forge resident, died of cancer Tuesday at Charlestown Retirement Community. He was 91.

Mr. Faust was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated from Polytechnic Institute. He worked for many years as an industrial engineer at Western Electric plants in Allentown, Pa., and at Baltimore's Point Breeze before retiring in 1978.

A drummer and big-band fan, Mr. Faust had been a member of the Western Electric Band and several other area bands. He was also a self-taught organist.

At the Catonsville retirement home, where Mr. Faust had lived since 1983, he volunteered for the quarterly treasure sale that offered household items for resale. He enjoyed repairing antique clocks.

He had been a longtime Red Cross blood donor, was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America and the Blue Lodge of the Masons, and was a former member of Epworth Chapel United Methodist Church in Catonsville.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Charlestown's Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, 715 Maiden Choice Lane.

Mr. Faust is survived by his wife of 23 years, the former Betty Coole; a son, Terry K. Faust of Washington; a daughter, Linda Faust Sharkey of Mountainside, N.J.; two stepsons, Robert O. Felter of Arnold and Ralph L. Felter of York, Pa.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. His wife of 42 years, the former Ruth Mitchell, died in 1980.

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