Claude Worthington Owen, 96, retired president of a wholesale plumbing and heating supply concern in Washington who was active in civic and professional organizations, died Aug. 24 in a hospital in Pompano Beach, Fla., after a stroke. He had lived in Pompano Beach since leaving the Washington area about 10 years ago. Mr. Owen was president of the old E.G. Schafer Co. for 40 years before retiring in 1957.
He was president of the Metropolitan Washington Board of Trade from 1933 to 1934 and a member of the National Capital Planning Commission from 1955 to 1961 and a member of the D.C. Boxing Commission. He was a past president of the Washington Building Congress and the Middle Atlantic Wholesalers Association.
Mr. Owen was chairman of the Kiwanis Club here in the 1920s and helped organize its foundation for crippled children. He was master of foxhounds of the Potomac Hunt from 1942 to 1944 and a judge of the American Horse Show Association. He was a past member of the Hamline Methodist Church in Washington and the Potomac Methodist Church.
Mr. Owen was a native of Gaithersburg and a graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis. He earned law degrees from George Washington and Georgetown universities. He practiced law until he became president of E.G. Schafer. His first wife, Emma S., died in 1956.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie C., of Pompano Beach; four children by his first marriage, Thomas G., of Kensington, Claude W. Jr., of Potomac, Marie-Gay Lodge of Clearwater, Fla., and Marianne Davis of Plantation, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.