William F. Grazer, 63, professor of marketing


William F. Grazer, a retired professor of marketing at Towson University and a railroad buff, died of lung cancer Aug. 10 at Hospice of the Chesapeake in Linthicum. The Odenton resident was 63.

Dr. Grazer was born and raised in Richmond, Va., the son of a railroad conductor. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Bernard's College in Cullman, Ala.

He served with the Air Force Strategic Air Command in the U.S. and the South Pacific from 1964 to 1969, attaining the rank of captain.

During the 1970s, he earned a master's degree and a doctorate in business from the University of Maryland, College Park, and taught marketing there until joining the faculty at Clemson University in 1976.

Dr. Grazer taught at the University of Baltimore from 1980 to 1987, then at Towson until retiring this year because of failing health.

He enjoyed collecting N-scale model trains and building dioramas that featured them. He also was an avid gardener.

Services are private.

Surviving are his wife of 40 years, the former Kathleen Reed; a son, Kevin Grazer of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter, Dr. Ellen R. Basile of Philadelphia; his mother, Clara Grazer of Richmond; a brother, Joseph Grazer of North Richland Hills, Texas; and four grandchildren.

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