C. William ‘Bill’ List, retired printing executive and longtime arbitrator, dies – Baltimore Sun


C. William “Bill” List, a retired print shop executive who ran high school and college swimming meets, died of cancer March 4 at his home in Glen Arm. It was six o’clock from his 91st birthday.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Waverly on 39th Street, he was the son of Eleanor K. Rogers, a housewife. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, John K. Rogers, a salesman and business owner.

He played ice hockey in high school and competed at the Sports Center on North Avenue. He witnessed the fire at Old Oriole Park in 1944.

He graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1949 and served in the Army from 1951 to 1953. He attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Ord, California.

He met his future wife, Carolee Koenig, in a Methodist church youth group. They married in 1953 and settled in Lutherville.

Mr. List has been a salesman all his life and started out in the food industry. He joined Holly Sales and sold meatpacking and butchery equipment.

“He loved people and loved everyone,” said his son, William Roger List. “He was a talker and a good listener. If he had opinions, he never imposed them on people. He was interested in the Baltimore business scene and felt it was his duty to provide quality services and products.

Another son, James Alan List, said: “Once he met you, he was your friend. His attitude was to make it work. His business relationships and friendships spanned decades.

Mr. List eventually left the restaurant industry and joined the printing industry.

“He changed careers when he was in his 40s,” his son James said. “He met Jerry Eickenberg, whose family owned a print shop. They all played together in a duck league and Jerry knew what a great salesman my dad was. He hired him.

Mr. List received some basic reports and he went home in the evening with a stack of books and studied printing.

He was a salesperson at Eickenberg Printing, AdCrafters, John D. Lucas and his own company, Ink on Pape Inc., which he founded in 1996. He sold the company in 2019.

“When you print, sometimes there are problems and delays. Bill handled it well and was always pleasant,” said Maryland Public Television Manager Fran Minakowski. “On the other hand, he did so much work for me that was flawless. When I complimented him, he smiled and said, ‘Remember the good times.’ »

Mr. List coached his sons’ baseball team at the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council, and when asked to be an umpire, he accepted.

“Pop wasn’t one to sit and watch,” his son William said. “He wasn’t a big guy but he had stamina.”

Later, he began to referee swimming competitions. He joined the Maryland Officials Club and officiated swimming meets for nearly 50 years.

Mr. List has refereed 26 Army-Navy games, 46 conference championships and has also refereed for Johns Hopkins, Loyola University of Maryland and Towson University.

“He took pride in being a good referee,” said his son James. “He understood young swimmers when there might be 15 or 20 swimming in a pool, all learners, trying to compete.

“He was compassionate and encouraging towards them. He held the line with older, experienced swimmers. He wanted to see the sport done well and to referee properly,” said his son, James.

He was honored by the Maryland Officials Club in 2013, and in 2017 the organization presented him with the Fred “Dutch” Leidig Award.

During his overtime, he also refereed high school volleyball games and youth baseball games.

Mr. List was an avid golfer and played at Eagles Nest Club in a group called Golden Eagles. He also belonged to the Shamrock Golf group.

He played volleyball until he was 75 and was an avid tomato and green bean gardener. He was the master of the family grill.

In 1953, when he heard that a possible Baltimore Colts franchise might come to town if there was a preseason sale of 15,000 tickets, he put his money on 50-year-old seats. . He joined other football enthusiasts and the pre-season sales target was reached in just over a month. He remained a loyal Baltimore Colts fan and attended games with his wife and sons later.

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When the Colts made the playoffs in 1958, he took a bus to New York. He bought a seat with less-than-perfect sightlines and stood the entire game.

He owned a condominium in Ocean City for 32 years and taught his family how to body surf.

“My dad had a big smile, integrity, a good heart, a sense of humor and decency,” his son James said.

His first wife of 47 years, Carolee Koenig, a teacher and Hutzler sales associate, died in 2000.

In 2004, he married Joann Kappelle, teacher and secretary. She died on January 8.

Services are private.

In addition to his two sons, Mr. List is survived by three grandchildren.


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