Lawrence B. Fenneman Jr., Realtor

January 04, 1993

Lawrence B. Fenneman Jr., a banking real estate consultant and leader in civic affairs, died of cancer Dec. 19 at his Towson home. He was 63.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Fenneman was educated at the Gilman School, the Polytechnic Institute and the Johns Hopkins University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi.

He interrupted his education twice to serve in the Navy, first aboard a minesweeper from 1946 to 1948 and later during the Korean War when he was recalled from the Naval Reserves to active duty on a destroyer escort ship in the Mediterranean and as a navigation instructor at Fort McHenry.


His career in commercial and industrial real estate began in 1951 with William Martien & Co., a real estate firm started by his great-grandfather.

From 1959 to 1963, he was part of the original staff of the Charles Center Project -- the first joint public/private venture to start the renewal of downtown Baltimore. Mr. Fenneman's duties included overseeing the relocation of 444 businesses forced to vacate for both the Charles Center and Civic Center projects.

In 1963, he joined with David W. Kornblatt to establish the firm of Kornblatt & Fenneman, a commercial and industrial real estate company, and worked as the company's executive vice president.

He was president of the Baltimore Real Estate Investment & Exchange Council in 1967 and 1968, and that year was named Realtor of the Year by the Maryland Association of Real Estate Boards. He was president of the Sales & Marketing Executives of Baltimore in 1969 and was elected president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors in 1971 -- a post once held by his grandfather, James Carey Martien.

He was district director and vice president of the Society of Industrial Realtors from 1973 to 1975 and national chairman of the society's Appraisal Committee.

In 1975, Mr. Fenneman formed his own firm and operated it until taking a hiatus from 1981 to 1984 to serve as contract officer and manager of the Baltimore Yacht Basin under the Baltimore Marina Foundation Inc. He oversaw the renovation of the Hanover Street Bridge Marina for the city.

In 1984, he joined the real estate division of Equitable Bank and became a consultant when Equitable merged with Maryland National Bank. He worked for both South Charles Realty Corp. and MNC Financial just before his death.

Mr. Fenneman joined the Baltimore Junior Association of Commerce in 1952 and served on almost every committee. He was board director from 1955 and became first vice president in 1957. He received its Outstanding Director Award in 1962 and Distinguished Service Award in 1964.

He was a director of the Rotary Club of Baltimore and president of Baltimore Heritage Inc.

He served on the board of the Citizens Planning and Housing Administration and was a member of the Maryland Historical Society.

He was co-chairman of the Baltimore Harbor Plan from 1975 to 1977 under the Regional Planning Council and was chairman of the Coastal Zone Management Metropolitan Advisory Board in 1979 under RPC. When the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments replaced RPC, he became chairman of the Baltimore Regional Environmental Advisory Board.

Mr. Fenneman was active in many charitable organizations, including board memberships with the Children's Home, the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the March of Dimes, the Salvation Army and the Girl Scouts. He was president of Santa Claus Anonymous and also served on the Greater Peabody Committee to raise money.

He became an original plank owner of the Navy Memorial Foundation and served on the board of the Navy League of the United States, Baltimore Council. He was also a member of the Parkville American Legion Post.

He loved boating, both power and sail, and enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay in his sloop, "Even Keel." He was a member of the Baltimore Yacht Club and the U.S. Power Squadron's Sue Island Chapter, and formerly a member of the Gibson Island Yacht Squadron and the Rotary Yacht Squadron of the Chesapeake Bay.

He sang barbershop music with the Towsonaires and then the Dundalk Chorus of the Chesapeake, and was a member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America for 22 years. He served on the Board of the Paint & Powder Club for many years and was known for his dancing in charity shows.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul Street.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Alice Trainor Vollmer; three daughters, Cynthia A. Fenneman Braddock of Kittery, Maine, Carol R. Kistler of Bel Air and Anne M. Daum of San Diego; a stepson, Robert M. Vollmer Jr. of Baltimore; his mother, Helen Martien F. Dorsey of Towson; a sister, Helen M. Fenneman of Baltimore; his stepmother, Vivian P. Fenneman of Baltimore; and two granddaughters.

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