E. Bates McKee, Annapolis resident, investment banker, yachtsman, dies

December 07, 1990

A memorial service for E. Bates McKee, a retired investment banker and yachtsman, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, in Church Circle in Annapolis.

Mr. McKee, who was 86 and lived in Annapolis, died Tuesday of heart failure at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was taken after he was injured in a fall Saturday.

He retired in 1970 as senior vice president, director and head of the Foreign Department, in Washington, of Bache & Co., now Prudential-Bache Securities.

He had been with the company for about 20 years. Earlier he had been an investment officer with the First National City Bank of New York, where he began his career in 1929.

He was an active sailor, taking his 48-foot yawl, Xanadu, all over the Atlantic including five ocean crossings. He also had competed in every Newport-Bermuda race from 1960 until 1982, once with three sons and two grandsons in the crew.

A trustee of the Maritime Museum at St. Michaels and the Navy Sailing Foundation, he was a member of the Cruising Club of America, the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the Annapolis Yacht Club and the New Bedford Yacht Club.

He was also a member of the national board of the English Speaking Union and a former president of its Washington branch.

A member of the vestry of St. Aidan's Episcopal Chapel in South Dartmouth, Mass., he also belonged to the American Society of the Order of St. John.

He was a founder and a member of the board of Annapolis Life Care Inc., a retirement community.

A member of the Society of the Cincinnati, he also belonged to the Yale Club in New York, the Metropolitan Club in Washington and the New Providence Club in Annapolis.

Born in Washington, he was a graduate of St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., and, in 1926, of Yale University.

In 1928, he received a master's degree from Christ College of Cambridge University in England,where he took honors in history and law.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, first in the New York port director's office, then as operations officer of a flotilla of landing ships in the Mediterranean during the invasions of Sicily, Italy and Southern France.

His first wife, the former Katharine Stevens Pillsbury, died in 1978.

He is survived by his wife, the former Tanja Ram Rowell; two sons, Philip W. McKee of Trappe and Charles D. McKee of Scarborough, Maine; two stepdaughters, Louisa Stark of Phoenix, Ariz., and Margit Rowell-Noel of Paris; a sister, Frances McKee O'Brien of Annapolis; a brother, Frederick H. Brooke Jr. of Nonquitt, Mass.; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the English Speaking Union of Washington, the U.S. sailing team of the United States Yacht Racing Union, in Newport, R.I., St. Paul's School in New Hampshire or Yale University.

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