Albion K. Parris III, retired executive director of the Maryland-District of Columbia-Delaware-Virginia Hospital Association, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 79.
Services for Mr. Parris, who lived on Cardington Way in Cockeysville, were being held today in the chapel of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Charles Street and Melrose Avenue.
He retired in 1976 after having worked for the association since 1947. Earlier, he spent a year doing public relations work for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland and worked as a reporter and copy editor for The Sun.
He came to Baltimore in 1936 from Cincinnati, where he had worked two years for the Enquirer.
Mr. Parris was a naval officer in the Pacific during World War II.
He was born in Washington and graduated from the University of Kentucky.
Mr. Parris is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Mary Long; two daughters, Frances P. Vogel of Annapolis and Emily Parris of Bethany Beach, Fla., and three grandsons.