James Vincent Guthrie Jr., a senior manager for a Baltimore accounting firm, died of cancer Friday at his home in Bel Air. He was 40.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Guthrie will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 1709 Conowingo Road in Hickory.
He had worked in the Baltimore office of Ernst & Young, an international accounting and consulting firm, since 1986, specializing in information systems consulting. His clients included the Ryland Group, Simon and Schuster, and Provident Bank.
He was a 1969 graduate of John Carroll High School, where he played varsity football and received All-County honors in basketball and baseball.
During summers as a teen-ager, he played baseball in a Harford County recreation league and was voted most valuable player at the state tournament in 1967. He was also the Bel Air tennis champion in his age group that year.
He attended Loyola College, and received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore in 1974.
He started his career at Montgomery Ward in Baltimore, where he worked in retail management and data processing from 1973 to 1982, when he began working in data processing for the United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, the former Elizabeth A. Seibert; two children, Erin E. Guthrie and James V. Guthrie III; his parents, James V. and Claire B. Guthrie of Bel Air; a brother, John F. Guthrie of Towson; five sisters, Kathleen M. Swentzel of Joppatowne, Patricia M. Ruane and Theresa M. Thomas, both of Annapolis, Claire B. Howard of Perry Hall and Gloria A. Kurowski of Bel Air; and 22 nieces and nephews.