Harry J. ‘Chris’ Christian, Navy veteran and printer, dies at 91

September 27, 2013

Harry J. “Chris” Christian, a printer who worked for the Mc­Ardle printing company for more than four decades, died Sept. 17 at the Emeritus at Woodward Estates senior living facility in Bowie. He was 91.

The cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease, said his son Larry Christian.

Harry Christian was born in Philadelphia and grew up in an orphanage outside the city. He began using the middle name John as a young man.

Mr. Christian joined the Navy in 1939 and was sent to the South Pacific as a gunner’s mate. He was serving aboard the USS Phoenix during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, where the ship was based at the time.

Mr. Christian remained in the Navy through the end of World War II and joined McArdle shortly thereafter. He retired from the company, now in Upper Marlboro, in 1989.

He was a longtime Hillcrest Heights resident and lived in Martinsburg, W.Va., for about a decade before returning to Maryland in 2009. His memberships included the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Knights of Columbus.

His wife of 62 years, Marjorie Breuer Christian, died in 2007. Survivors include three children, Kenneth Christian of Albuquerque, Larry Christian of Mitchellville and Maxine Jaohari of Arlington; and a grandson.

— Emily Langer

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