Walter Anthony Medlin, salesman, dies

Walter Anthony Medlin, a retired salesman and manager, died Sept. 28 of kidney failure at Sinai Hospital. He was 80.

Mr. Medlin, whose father owned a fleet of school buses and mother was a homemaker, was born and raised Walter Anthony Medlinsky in Shenandoah, Pa.


Mr. Medlin, who later changed his name, was a 1946 graduate of West Mahanoy Township High School. He attended Pennsylvania State University and served in the Army Security Agency, which was the Army's signal intelligence branch, from 1951 to 1954.

He worked for the National Security Agency from 1954 to 1956, when he became a salesman for Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Co.


He was later in sales for the American Sugar Co. and from 1967 to 1982 worked for Naarden International Flavors. He managed the company's Los Angeles plant from 1972 to 1976, and later was a purchasing agent.

He had worked at other sales jobs at Management Recruiters, Glover Office Furniture and Calico Corners before retiring in 1998.

The longtime Reisterstown resident had been a member of the Reisterstown Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club of Reisterstown.

He was a baritone and had been a member of and performed with the Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Quartet for a decade.

Mr. Medlin enjoyed hunting and fishing.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 16 at Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Joan Quimby; three sons, Paul Medlin of Edgewater, Philip Medlin of Harwood and W. Stephen Medlin of Weeki Wachee Springs, Fla.; two daughters, Nancy Medlin of Eagle River, Alaska, and Michele Whalan of Auckland, New Zealand; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.