Nicholas Mueller Jr., retired banker, 86

May 18, 1993|By Staff Report

Nicholas F. Mueller Jr., retired vice president of the Maryland National Bank and chairman emeritus of the board of Villa Julie College, died Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital of a tumor of the pancreas.

He was 86 and lived on Keswick Road in Roland Park.

He was chairman of Villa Julie's board from 1971 until 1984.

"Nick was the wisest, strongest, kindest person I ever knew," Carolyn Manuszak, president of Villa Julie, said yesterday.

Citing his hard work, belief in and support for the college, she said, "His spirit is our best heritage."

Mr. Mueller had become a member of the college's advisory board in the early 1960s when its corporate board was made up of the provincial officers of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. That board turned the institution over to the board headed by Mr. Mueller.

The Baltimore native began his banking career in 1929 as a runner for a predecessor of Maryland National and retired in 1972 as vice president and chief loan officer.

After his retirement, he served until 1980 as chairman of the Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority.

He was a graduate of the Baltimore Evening High School, and also studied at the Baltimore College of Commerce and the American Institute of Banking. He later taught courses locally for the institute.

He had been on the board of the Schmidt Baking Co. and Baltimore Ice Sports Inc., which owned the Clippers minor league hockey team.

He was a former president of the board of Catholic Charities and a trustee of the Stella Maris Hospice. He chaired the 1966 and 1968 Catholic Charity Appeals and was honored as a Knight of St. Gregory for his church work. He had also been vice president of the board of the United Fund.

A Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., Baltimore. A grandson, the Rev. David J. Cornett, S.V.D., will be a concelebrant of the Mass.

Mr. Mueller is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Anna Hudert; two daughters, Anne R. Cornett of St. Clairsville, Ohio, and Theona A. Tobin of Lake Zurich, Ill.; three sons, Nicholas F. Mueller III, Carl A. Mueller and J. Gary Mueller, all of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Villa Julie College.

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