Edward H. Latchford, a certified public accountant who rose through the ranks to become vice president of finance for CSX Corp. and later was president and chief executive officer of Fruit Growers Express Co., died Sunday from complications of diabetes at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.
The longtime Ruxton resident was 71.
“Ed was one of my favorite people,” said Hays T. Watkins Jr., who was CEO of CSX from 1980 to 1989, and of the Chessie System from 1973 to 1980.
“He was a valuable part of CSX and was very helpful when we were creating CSX. He was one of the key financial people when we were putting the various railroads together. He had a...