David L. Christianson, businessman-artist

David L. Christianson

David L. Christianson, former co-owner of a graphic arts company and an accomplished painter, died July 3 of respiratory failure at William Hill Manor in Easton. He was 87.

The son of Lawrence Christianson, an insurance company worker, and Gertrude Christianson, a homemaker, David Lawrence Christianson was born in Hartford, Conn., where he lived until moving to Camp Hill, Pa., with his family.


He was a graduate of Camp Hill High School and enlisted in the Army in 1944, serving as a military police officer and newspaper artist while stationed in Alaska.

After the end of World War II, he attended Baylor University for a year on a full football scholarship. He then came to the University of Maryland, College Park, when legendary football coach Jim Tatum recruited him, also on a full football scholarship, to play tackle.


Mr. Christianson was a member of the unbeaten Maryland team that defeated the University of Tennessee in the 1952 Sugar Bowl.

A graphic artist and business executive, Mr. Christianson was a co-owner of Photo-Art Inc., a Wilmington, Del., graphic arts firm, from 1956 until selling his share of the business and retiring in 1989.

The Morning Sun


Get your morning news in your e-mail inbox. Get all the top news and sports from the

While a student at Maryland, Mr. Christianson met and fell in love with the former Jane Kemp, whom he married in 1953.

The couple, who lived in McDaniel on the Eastern Shore, enjoyed spending time and vacationing at historic Wades Point Farm, which had been in Mrs. Christianson's family for years.

Mr. Christianson's artistic milieu was Wades Point Farm as well as St. Michaels. In addition, he enjoyed painting Eastern Shore watermen and East Coast lighthouses. Many of his paintings found their way into private collections and were reproduced on notecards, family members said.

He was a fisherman and in 1952 was a founder of the Wades Point Rockfish, Oyster and Crab Combine, a fishing club.

He was a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church, 301 S. Talbot St., St. Michaels, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to his wife of 61 years, Mr. Christianson is survived by his son, David K. Christianson of Virginia Beach, Va.; three sisters, Joan Collins of Easton, Carol Chisholm of St. Michaels and Joyce Engle of New Jersey; and three grandsons.