Paul R. “Rudi” Tischer, former owner of automobile dealerships in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, died Sunday of heart failure at Brightview Mays Chapel Ridge in Timonium. He was 98.
Paul Rudolf Tischer — he went by Rudi and never used his first name — was born and raised in Kleinforst, Germany, where he attended local schools.
As a young boy, he was fascinated with automobile engines and became a master mechanic.
During World War II, he was drafted into the Nazi Army, and after being taken prisoner by the British, he served as its unit commander’s personal auto technician and chauffeur.
When the war ended and he was released, he went to Saudi Arabia,...