Robert E. Werner, a retired movie theater manager who later worked in sales, died of heart disease Friday at Union Memorial Hospital. The Timonium resident was 85.
Born and reared on Magnolia Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, he was a 1940 Forest Park High School graduate. He attended the Johns Hopkins University.
He managed the old Uptown, Avalon and Pimlico theaters and as well as real estate in the Pimlico area from 1940 to 1960. He also trained motion picture projection operators for the federal government.
In 1960, he became a salesman for Baltimore Fire Place and Millwork Co. and was its vice president of sales. In 1975 he formed the Robert E. Werner Co. to sell automobile equipment. He retired in 1981.
He was a member of the Maryland Historical Society, Towson Elks Club, Junior Order of American Mechanics and Sons of the American Revolution.
He collected unusual smoking pipes. He also belonged to the Mount Washington Rod and Gun Club of Baltimore County and the Seitzland Rifle Club of New Freedom, Pa.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Grace English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8601 Valleyfield Road in Lutherville, where he had been a member.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Helen Vohrer; a daughter, Ellen Alvarez of Annapolis; and a sister, Dorothea Werner of Havre de Grace.