Charles 'Chick' Vogel, electric supply executive, dies

Charles "Chick" Vogel III, CEO of Shepherd Electric Supply, a family-owned business, died Jan. 22 of pancreatic cancer at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 84.

The son of Charles C. Vogel Jr., owner of Shepherd Electric Supply and Katherine Vogel, a homemaker, Charles Charles Vogel III was born in Baltimore and was raised on Boxwood Road in the city's Pinehurst neighborhood.


After graduating in 1949 from Loyola High School, he entered Cornell University. In 1952, he left college and enlisted in the Air Force and served as a radar technician in Honshu, Japan, intercepting, analyzing and recording activity from Russian and Chinese radar.

He left the Air Force in 1957, returned to Cornell and received a bachelor's degree in 1959. He then began working full time for the family business, established in 1892 as Shepherd Electric Supply.


Mr. Vogel worked alongside his father in the business on Calvert Street, which at the time had 10 employees. The company later moved to the 1400 block of Aliceanna St. and in 1984 relocated to the 7400 block of Pulaski Highway. In addition to its Pulaski Highway location, the company has facilities in Frederick, Beltsville and Sterling, Va.

After his father's death in 1973, Mr. Vogel became president of the firm, which at the time sold appliances and electrical and lighting products. He phased out this business and focused on industrial, commercial and lighting.

Today, the company has grown to become one of the largest independent electrical distributors in the nation.

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Mr. Vogel had not retired; family members said he had visited his office 10 days before his death.

From 1960 to 1972, Mr. Vogel lived on Darnell Road in Ruxton, then moved to Mayfair Farm in Timonium. The historic house dates to 1812 and is on land that once belonged to Thomas Cockey Deye.

Even though he was in his 80s, Mr. Vogel enjoyed cutting his lawn and plowing snow with his tractor. He had been an Orioles season ticket holder since 1954 and a fan of the old Baltimore Colts.

His wife of 54 years, the former Elaine C. Budacz, died in 2008.

Services are private. The family will receive family and friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the L'Hirondelle Club, 7611 L'Hirondelle Club Road, Ruxton.


He is survived by three sons, Stuart L. Vogel of Ruxton, Scott F. Vogel of Lutherville and Spencer C. Vogel of Middle River; and four grandchildren.

— Frederick N. Rasmussen