James G. Edelen Jr., furniture company executive, dies – Baltimore Sun

James G. Edelen Jr., a retired furniture company executive who enjoyed working as an extra in television shows, died Jan. 18 of heart failure at his Mount Washington home. He was 94.

The son of James G. Edelen Sr., founder of the J.G. Edelen Co., and Genevieve Hilton Edelen, a homemaker, James Gough Edelen Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on Eldorado Avenue.

A 1940 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Edelen was attending the Johns Hopkins University when he was drafted into the Army, where he served in intelligence with the 94th Infantry Division in Europe. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of technician third grade.

After leaving the Army, he joined his father’s furniture and hardware business, which was founded in 1923 and was then located on Commerce Street in downtown Baltimore. The business later moved to Erdman Avenue and is now located on Kelso Drive.


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