Harry C. Fogler, founder and former owner of the Standard Composition Co., World War II veteran and longtime volunteer, died Aug. 10 of Parkinson's disease at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. The former Rodgers Forge resident was 85.
Mr. Fogler was born in Baltimore and raised on Hollins Street. He was a 1940 graduate of what is now Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School.
During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces and served with the 15th Air Force in Italy.
A waist gunner aboard B-17 bombers, Mr. Fogler, who attained the rank of staff sergeant, flew 35 missions, including bombing runs over Berlin.
"One time, he said, they were heading back to Italy and encountered bad weather. The formation spread, and they got lost. Then they lost two engines, which meant they would be easy pickings for German fighters," said a son, Carl H. Fogler of Ventnor, N.J.
"Then out of the blue, he saw a fighter, and when the pilot pulled down his mask, he realized it was one of the famous Tuskegee pilots, who safely escorted them all the way home," the son said.
After the war, Mr. Fogler returned to Baltimore, where he worked as a Linotype operator at The Baltimore Sun and the U.S. Government Printing Office.
In 1959, he established Standard Composition Co. on South Charles Street. He later moved the business to East Lombard Street.
After selling the business in 1979, he enjoyed a brief retirement, and then returned to work in the 1980s as general manager of the Maryland Linotype Co. He retired a second time in 1983.
"He gave his time and financial support to many charities and causes, always preferring to remain anonymous," his son said.
Mr. Fogler was affectionately called "The Governor" by his Regester Avenue neighbors because of his "thoughtfulness and ever-present willingness to lend a helping hand," his son said. "He always gave of himself."
Since 2004, Mr. Fogler had lived at the Parkville retirement community.
"He was a confirmed believer in the power of laughter and always maintained an infectious sense of humor even while suffering from a debilitating illness," Mr. Fogler said.
His wife of 50 years, the former Doris Lovett, died in 1997.
Services were held Monday.
Also surviving are his wife of seven years, the former Audrey Sheets; another son, Dr. William E. Fogler of Rockville; a daughter, Dawn Cohen of Guilford; a brother, Bernard Fogler of Dallastown, Pa.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.