April 2014, Vol. 241 No. 4

Features

BGE Chief DeFontes Steps Down, Looks Back

The year was 1972 and the offices of Baltimore Gas & Electric were quite different places than they are today. Computer technology was of the mainframe variety and cellphones were not around to makes the business of gas distribution easier. In fact, the newly introduced Hewlett Packard 35-key handheld calculator was about as high-tech as the workplace would get for a while. That was the year President and CEO Ken DeFontes began his career at BGE as an associate engineer. A Baltimore native, DeFontes retired Feb. 28 after 42 years with the only company he has worked for after graduating from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania with a degree in engineering. During

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