Car­tan B. Kraft, chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Car­tan B. Kraft, a former me­chan­i­cal engi­neer turned chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, died Sept. 2 from com­pli­ca­tions of de­men­tia at his home in the Broad­mead re­tire­ment com­mu­nity in Cock­eysville. He was 81.

The son of Ned O. Kraft, an Al­coa Inc. me­chan­i­cal engi­neer, and He­len Breck Kraft, Car­tan Breck Kraft was born in St. Louis and raised in Sil­ver Spring.

He at­tended St. John’s High School in Washington and grad­u­ated from the Bullis School in Po­tomac.

He re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing from Cor­nell Univer­sity and a mas­ter’s de­gree in busi­ness from the Har­vard Busi­ness School.

His first job after leav­ing Cor­nell was work­ing as a me­chan­i­cal engi­neer for Exxon. He then joined David­son Chem­i­cal Co., a divi­sion of W.R. Grace & Co., in the 1970s, and re­tired from the com­pany in the 1990s.

Mr. Kraft sub­se­quently served as chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer for the Cor­co­ran Gallery in Washington, and then the Calvert School, Friends School and Gil­man School. He re­tired for a sec­ond time sev­eral years ago.

The former long­time Tus­cany-Can­ter­bury res­i­dent moved to Broad­mead around 2011.

He was an ac­com­plished wood­worker who made fur­ni­ture for fam­ily and friends, and also do­nated pieces to charity auc­tions. He once crafted a harp­si­chord, fam­ily mem­bers said.

He had served on the boards of Friends School and the Ken­wood Park Apart­ments.

Mr. Kraft was also a de­voted cy­clist who en­joyed rid­ing his bicycle sev­eral times a week.

He was a mem­ber of Stony Run Friends Meet­ing, 5116 N. Charles St., where a memo­rial ser­vice will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 12.

He is sur­vived by a step­son, Paul Bent­ley of Bal­ti­more; a step­daugh­ter, Mar­ion Bent­ley of Tow­son; two brothers, Ned O. Kraft Jr. of Ar­gyle, Texas, and Richard B. Kraft of Taney­town; two sis­ters, Martha K. Can­field of Solomons and Su­san K. Crilly of Sil­ver Spring; and many nieces and neph­ews. His mar­riage to the former Bar­bara Lamb ended in divorce.

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