Leslie 'Chris' Christensen, 87

The Baltimore Sun

Leslie E. "Chris" Christensen, retired owner of a Baltimore construction company and former longtime Carney resident, died in his sleep Saturday at his home in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 87.

Mr. Christensen was born in Dayton, Ohio, and moved with his family to Baltimore in 1921. He attended Polytechnic Institute and later earned his General Educational Development diploma.

During World War II, he served with the Army Air Corps on the island of Tinian in the South Pacific maintaining B-26 and B-29 bombers.

Mr. Christensen was a tool designer at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River for 20 years, and from 1960 to 1970 he worked for Sperry Rand Corp. at the Goddard Space Flight Center.

In 1970, he established Chris Construction Co. and operated the business until retiring in 1985.

Mr. Christensen enjoyed writing poetry, woodworking, painting, astronomy and jewelry making.

He and his wife of 64 years, the former Rita Fiorilli, who died in 2005, built the Carney home where they lived until moving to Albuquerque in 2005.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Parkville Post 9083 and American Legion Post 20 in Hamilton.

Services are private.

Surviving are a son, Paul L. Christensen, and daughter, Jeanne M. Christensen, both of Albuquerque; a sister, Luciel Long of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

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