Philip Szczepanski, a retired photographer and Civil Air Patrol member, died of pulmonary hypertension Jan. 23 at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Fallston resident was 68.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Linwood Avenue, he was a 1957 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School, attended the Johns Hopkins University's engineering school and later earned an associate of arts degree from Dundalk Community College.
Mr. Szczepanski, the son of a store photographer at the old Stewart's department store, decided to go into photography. As a young man, he took wedding photographs for Bachrach Studio on Charles Street and later became photographer for the University of Maryland's downtown campus.
He also worked for the College Park and Baltimore County campuses. He later became a CSX Corp. photographer and for another decade he managed the Maryland Institute College of Art's photography department.
In 2002, Mr. Szczepanski joined the Harford Squadron of the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. He worked in communications, public relations and as a historian. He held the rank of major.
Mr. Szczepanski was a ham-radio operator and volunteered for the Harford County Emergency Operations Center.
He was a past president of the Maryland Industrial Photographic Association and the University Photographers Association of America and was a founder of the National Association of Media Executives and of the Chesapeake Antiquarian Photographic Society. He collected antique cameras.
A Mass was offered Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, where he was a member.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Lorraine Saynuk; a son, Jonathan Philip Szczepanski of Beltsville; three daughters, Lauren Alexandra Mueller of Fallston, Andrea Cecilia Tenne of Fairfield, Calif., and Elizabeth Anne Shaw of Rodgers Forge; and eight grandchildren.