B. Marvin Thomas Jr. dies retired steel executive was 79

November 30, 1990

Services for B. Marvin Thomas Jr., a retired executive of a steel and aluminum company, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Calvary Baptist Church, 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson.

Mr. Thomas, who was 79 and lived on Dunkirk Road in Anneslie, died of kidney failure Wednesday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

He retired about 15 years ago as vice president of the American Steel and Aluminum Co. Earlier, he was president of the John McKenzie Steel Co. The McKenzie company, where he started as a salesman in the 1940s, was sold to American Steel and Aluminum.

Mr. Thomas was a former president of the Executives Association of Baltimore and a member of the Steel Club of Baltimore.

He was born in Towson and graduated from the Towson High School and the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he studied commercial art. He was a former member of the Maryland National Guard.

Mr. Thomas began painting watercolors of Maryland hunt scenes and landscapes in the 1960s.

He was a book collector and a member of the Baltimore Bibliophiles. A golfer, he also belonged to the Baltimore Country Club. For more than 50 years, Mr. Thomas was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he was a trustee.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jessie Frankenfield; two sons, B. Marvin Thomas III and Douglas S. Thomas, both of Timonium; a brother, Douglas S. Thomas, of Orlando, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the American Cancer Society or to the Calvary Baptist Church for its centennial window.

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