Preston Mulford, a 14th-generation member of the Mulford family of Amagansett, which included some who were whalers, died at home on Jan. 6 in Centreville, Va. He was 82.
Mr. Mulford was president of the Mulford Group, a company based in Prince Frederick, Md., with both a construction and maintenance division. He was also co-owner, with his wife, of the Mulford School, a private preschool and kindergarten in Centreville.
Mr. Mulford was born in Paterson, N.J., on April 25, 1929, a son of Preston Hudson Mulford Sr. and the former Virginia McCann. As a boy, he lived in Amagansett off and on, and spent summers in that hamlet.
He graduated from Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., in 1950. After attending Boston University Law School, he graduated from the Rutgers School of Law in Newark, N.J., in 1952, and served in the Army from 1953 to 1955.
Mr. Mulford is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beverley Musick Mulford of Centreville, and by his children, Hudson Mulford of Richmond, Va., Phillip Mulford of Warrington, Va., Gardiner Mulford of Culpepper, Va., and Harry Mulford of Centreville. Sixteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.
A service was held on Jan. 15 at St. Paul’s Church in Haymarket, Va., the Rev. David Jones presiding. Burial took place at the Fairfax City Cemetery in Fairfax, Va.
The family has suggested memorial contributions to Medi Home Hospice, a national chain, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.