Adrian W. Rich, businessman

Adrian W. Rich, businessman
Adrian W. Rich (Baltimore Sun)

Adrian W. Rich, a retired Baltimore businessman and volunteer, died Aug. 29 of heart failure at Roland Park Place. The longtime Lutherville resident was 98.

Adrian Warwick Rich was born in Graham, Va., which is now Bluefield, Va. He was a 1932 graduate of St. James School near Hagerstown, where he excelled in track and was Maryland State Scholastic champion that year.


"Competing against Jesse Owens was a highlight of his life," said a daughter, Elizabeth Folberth of Bronxville, N.Y.

He was a 1937 graduate of the Naval Academy, and during World War II, commanded a submarine chaser in the Pacific and later a destroyer escort in the Mediterranean and North Atlantic.

Mr. Rich remained in the Naval Reserves, attaining the rank of commander.

After the war, he worked in industrial engineering and marine sales at Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Pittsburgh, and in 1947, joined Fairmont Machinery Co. in Fairmont, W.Va., where he was named president in 1953.

From 1963 to 1967, he was assistant plant manager at Lytton Industries plant in Passaic, N.J., and later was plant manager in Milwaukee.

In 1967, he was named vice president of Worcester Wire Manufacturing Co. in Timonium, a position he held until retiring in 1982.

Mr. Rich volunteered at Greater Baltimore Medical Center's annual Nearly New Sale and was a small business counselor for SCORE, a mentoring group.

He had been a communicant, lay reader, chalicist and vestryman at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton.

Since 1995, Mr. Rich had been a resident of Roland Park Place.

He enjoyed playing golf, reading, sailing and solving crossword puzzles.

His wife of 61 years, the former Marian Frantz, died in 2001.

A celebration of Mr. Rich's life will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St.

Also surviving are two sons, David Rich of Baltimore and the Rev. William Rich of Boston; another daughter, Marian Bell of Mountain Ranch, Calif.; two brothers, John Oliver Rich of Winter Park, Fla., and the Rev. Ernest A. Rich of Sun City, Ariz.; two sisters, Frances Tyrrell of Catonsville and Ernestine Tuton of Asheville, N.C.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.