Herbert Rush Preston, a retired executive vice president of United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co., died of cancer Thursday at his Roland Park home. He was 84.
Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Gilman School and Princeton University. He began his insurance career at USF&G in 1930 and retired in 1976. The many boards on which he served included that of the Insurance Information Institute and the Insurance Rating Board.
He was for many years the treasurer of First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church and was a member of the board of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.
A former subscriber of the Bachelors Cotillon, he was a life member of the Maryland Club and a member of the Baltimore Country Club.
Mr. Preston was an avid reader of history and biography, and he traveled extensively to places of historical interest in Europe. He was a grandson of Col. J. T. L. Preston, one of the founders of Virginia Military Institute in Lexington.
His first wife, the former Araminta Sucro, died in 1980.
In 1981, he married Elizabeth Ogden Cooper.
Mr. Preston is survived by his wife; two stepdaughters, Ann Byrd Cooper of Paris, France, and Jane Harvey Cooper Ottley of Darwin, Australia; and a sister, Janet Cross Preston of Roland Park.
Private services were planned in Lexington, Va.
The family suggested contributions to the Flag House, 844 E. Preston St., Baltimore 21201.