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Frank J. 'Pinkie' Hoen Jr., farm manager

Frank J. 'Pinkie' Hoen Jr., farm manager
Frank J. "Pinkie" Hoen Jr. was a former construction manager who later managed the old Foster's Mushroom Farm in Worthington Valley. (Baltimore Sun)

Frank J. "Pinkie" Hoen Jr., a former construction manager who later managed the old Foster's Mushroom Farm in Worthington Valley, died Monday at Little Bloomfield Farm, his Glyndon home, of complications from a stroke. He was 88.

The son of Frank J. Hoen Sr., an attorney, and Grace Dunnington, a homemaker, Frank Jillard Hoen Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on Bloomfield Farm, his parents' property.

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After graduating in 1945 from Gilman School, he earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1949 from Princeton University. During his school years, he played lacrosse, family members said.

Mr. Hoen worked in construction management for Charles W. Williams Construction Co. and later Crest Contracting Co., from which he retired.

Mr. Hoen's sister, Etelka H. "Telka" Foster, and her husband, Arthur D. Foster Jr., raised mushrooms on their 420-acre farm, and after Mr. Foster's death in 1973, Mr. Hoen stepped in to help manage the operation. The farm included 31 white-and-green growing houses that produced a half-million pounds of fungi annually.

Mr. Hoen told The Baltimore Sun in 2006, "We stopped growing mushrooms in 1990 because of foreign competition." After operations ceased, the former mushroom farm was placed in the Maryland Environmental Trust.

Mr. Hoen enjoyed playing tennis, shooting, sailing and working with his bird dogs. He was an accomplished wing shooter, family members said.

He also enjoyed performing farm chores, tending his asparagus patch and watching his birds feed daily.

Mr. Hoen was a communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, Glyndon, where a memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Mr. Hoen is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Moira McLean; a son, Frank J. Hoen III of Glyndon; two daughters, Jillard Hoen of Glyndon and Butter Wakefield of London; and five grandchildren.

— Frederick N. Rasmussen

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