Founder Of Halter Marine Dies At 74

Funeral services will be held Thursday for Harold Halter, whose fascination with designing and constructing boats led to the creation of a major shipbuilding company.

Halter died Sunday at a hospital from stroke complications. He was 74 years old.

During its 27-year life, Halter Marine Services Incorporated specialized in creating crew boats, tugboats and supply boats for the offshore oil industry. The company grew to employ four thousand people in four states before Halter sold it to Trinity Industries for $24 million in 1983.

After the sale, Halter stayed busy researching and developing boats and equipment. He also founded a job-training program in public schools. Halter was founder and a former president of the Louisiana Shipbuilding and Repair Association. He served in the Air Force and the Air National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela Broome Halter, a son, four daughters and eight grandchildren.