Robert Crandus

Robert Crandus, a former construction company operator and business broker, died Feb. 19 at his home in Rockville, Md. He was 90.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, according to his daughter, Amy Buchanan.

Mr. Crandus settled in the Washington area in 1961 and for 22 years ran Potomac Construction and Beltway Construction. The companies specialized in home improvement and did work on military bases.

Later he founded and ran The Crandus Group, which brokered the sale of businesses. He retired 10 years ago.

Robert Crandus was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He served in the Navy during World War II and attended New York University after the war.

He enjoyed golf and was a member of Indian Spring Country Club in Silver Spring, Md., and Norbeck Country Club in Rockville.

His first wife, Diane Sircus Crandus, died in 1978 after 30 years of marriage.

His marriage to Loretta Gladsen ended in divorce.

Survivors include his companion since 2000, Harriette Rosen of Rockville; two children from his first marriage, Michael Crandus of Las Vegas and Amy Buchanan of Falls Church, Va.; and four grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes