Walter D. Stockbridge, who worked his way up from a bank teller to a vice presidency, died Wednesday of a massive heart attack at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
The Riderwood resident was 76.
He began his 46-year banking career as a teller at Eutaw Savings Bank on Eutaw and Fayette streets in downtown Baltimore and later became a vice president.
When Eutaw Savings merged with Maryland National Bank in 1974, he was named vice president of the residential mortgage department. He retired in 1983.
Shortly before his retirement, he had obtained a license to sell real estate, which he did briefly in the mid-1980s.
He was named a director and treasurer of Lutheran Social Services of Maryland in 1979 and was instrumental in securing the agency's present site at 5000 York Road in Baltimore. He oversaw the appraisal, recommendation and final purchase of the building.
He persuaded the board of directors to purchase that building instead of renovating the agency's offices on Park Avenue. The York Road site enabled the organization to expand and provided better accessibility to the handicapped.
He attended City College and served aboard the light cruiser USS Little Rock during World War II. After the war, he enrolled in McCoy College of the Johns Hopkins University, graduating with a degree in accounting.
He attended the Graduate School of Savings Banking at Brown University, graduating with honors in 1963. He was a member of the American Institute of Banking, the Society of Colonial Wars and the Johns Hopkins University Club. He was a 40-year member of Second English Lutheran Church, where he served on finance and stewardship committees. He also was active with the parish youth group. He and his wife, the former Doris V. Carman, traveled widely, visiting Alaska, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Austria, England, Norway, Denmark and Italy.
Services for Mr. Stockbridge were to be held at 10 a.m. today at Second English Lutheran Church, 5010 Briarclift Road in Baltimore.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Richard D. Stockbridge of Lisbon in Howard County; a daughter, Nancy C. Hendrick of Roanoke, Va.; and five grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions to Second English Lutheran Church, 5010 Briarclift Road, Baltimore 21229, or to the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, 2526 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.