Dick Hawthorne, 72, a Washington area businessman for four decades, died Jan. 27 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

He had a massive brain aneurysm, said his daughter Kelly Hawthorne.

Mr. Hawthorne began his career in the early 1960s as a salesman for G.L. Cornell Co., a Montgomery County-based distributor of turf maintenance equipment and other golf course equipment.

From the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, he owned and operated Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop franchises and a restaurant, Muldoon’s, in Fairfax County.

From the late 1980s until his death, he was a manufacturer’s representative in the advertising and marketing industry.

Richard Glenn Hawthorne Jr. was born in Washington and grew up in Herndon. He graduated from Herndon High School in 1958 and served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1962 to 1968.

Mr. Hawthorne was an Alexandria resident.

His marriage to Joel Ann Wood Hawthorne ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children, Holly Brown of Fairfax Station, Rick Hawthorne of Alexandria and Kelly Hawthorne of Los Angeles; his mother, Jane Hutchison Hawthorne, of Alexandria; two sisters, Allyn Trautman of Alexandria and Anne Casali of Annapolis; and three grandchildren.

— Emily Langer