Chase Ridgely Jr., firm executive

January 09, 1993|By Staff Report

Chase Ridgely Jr., a retired insurance executive who was wounded in the fighting in the Hurtgen Forest in Germany in World War II, died Sunday of heart failure at the home of his daughter in Delray Beach, Fla.

Mr. Ridgely, who was 68 and lived on North Charles Street, retired a decade ago as president of J. Ramsay Barry & Co., an insurance and real estate firm started by his grandfather. He also served on the board of the Title Guarantee Co. and was a former president of the National Association of Casualty and Surety Agents.

Born in Baltimore, he was educated at the McDonogh, Boys' Latin and Severn schools.

He left Severn, where he was preparing to enter the Naval Academy, to enlist in the Army.

As a member of the 8th Infantry Division, Mr. Ridgely saw action in December 1944 in the Hurtgen Forest, which brought his unit a Distinguished Unit Badge and a Presidential Citation.

His decorations also included the Combat Infantryman Badge and a Bronze Star.

He also was awarded a Purple Heart for a shrapnel wound he suffered in a second action in the German forest, which left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Mr. Ridgely learned to walk again despite his paralysis.

After being released from the Army in 1946, he entered the Johns Hopkins University.

He was a member of the Delta Phi Fraternity at Hopkins and graduated in 1950.

A former member of the Wine and Food Society, Mr. Ridgely owned a gourmet restaurant, Stall 1043, near the Cross Street Market in the early 1980s.

He also served on the boards of the Baltimore Opera Company and the Paint and Powder Club.

He was a subscriber of the Bachelors Cotillon and a former member of the Maryland Club, L'Hirondelle Club, the Johns Hopkins Club and the Cape May Cottagers Association.

Mr. Ridgely was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans and, in Delray Beach, of the Paralyzed Veterans Association.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Ridgely is to be offered at 1:30 p.m. today at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, Calvert and Madison streets.

His survivors include a son, Chase Ridgely III of Baltimore; a daughter, Anne Dorsey Ridgely of Delray Beach; and a sister, Katherine Lee Ridgely Stierhoff of Cockeysville.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Baltimore Opera Company.

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