William Farrell

William C. Farrell Jr., a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. executive, died Sept. 4 of complications from renal failure at his Annapolis home. He was 87.

The son of a C&P telephone installer and a homemaker, William Charles Farrell Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on Fairmount Avenue.


After graduating in 1943 from Polytechnic Institute, he briefly attended the Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering before enlisting in the Army that year.

Mr. Farrell served with the Signal Corps and was initially assigned to Squire Laboratories Inc. in Revere, Mass., before completing tours of duty in Europe and Japan.

While in the Army, he continued taking engineering courses at the University of Michigan and the University of Nebraska. Discharged in 1946, he remained an active Army reservist until 1956.

Mr. Farrell resumed his engineering studies at Hopkins and after earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1948, he went to work for C&P.

He held various positions with C&P and American Telephone & Telegraph in Maryland, New York City and Washington. At the time of his retirement in 1984, he was division manager of transmission engineering in Silver Spring.

Mr. Farrell had been a member of the international board of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and had been director of its Region 2 from 1970 to 1980.

He was a former president of the Engineering Society of Baltimore, having served from 1983 to 1984, and a longtime member of its board. He also had been chair of the Baltimore Chapter of Communications Technology and was an active member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers.

Mr. Farrell was a member for many years of Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis, and chaired the building committee when it moved from State Circle to its present facility on Rowe Boulevard in 1974.

At the church, he taught youth and adult Bible study classes, family members said.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed sailing, travel and reading.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at his church, 301 Rowe Blvd.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Ann Kaufman; a son, William Mark Farrell of Annapolis; and a daughter, Phyllis Ann Farrell, also of Annapolis.