Walter L. Sexton, 67, Commercial Credit manager

July 06, 1996

Walter L. Sexton, a retired Commercial Credit Corp. manager who had long been active in Anne Arundel County Republican politics, died at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Tuesdayof injuries received in an auto accident in January. The Severna Park resident was 67.

Mr. Sexton began work at Commercial Credit in 1953 and held a variety of managerial positions during his 33 years with the company. He worked on computer programming analysis and sponsored managerial and computer educational training for employees. Before retiring in 1986, he was a regional branch manager at the Anne Arundel/Southern Maryland branch.

In 1994, he began working for Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary as a real estate consultant. He was in charge of cataloging county government property valued at $50 million that could be sold or used for public facilities.

His political activism began in 1970, and over the years he worked in campaigns for Republican candidates such as state Sen. John A. Cade, former Del. and County Executive Robert R. Neall and former Del. Elizabeth Smith.

He also worked locally in the presidential campaigns of Gerald R. Ford and Ronald Reagan. And he was one of Mr. Gary's political advisers in his campaign for county executive.

From 1982 to 1994, Mr. Sexton served on the Anne Arundel liquor board and was president of the Elephants Club, a strong political organization in the county.

He was named Republican Party Builder by the Anne Arundel County Republican Central Committee in 1995.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Sexton moved to Baltimore County when he was 12. He graduated from Catonsville High School in 1947 and attended what was then Baltimore Junior College and the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He served in the Army from 1951 to 1953.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Lee MacDermott of Severna Park; his mother, Doris Sexton of Arnold; three daughters, Joyce McClain of Stuttgart, Germany, Deborah Munn of Chesapeake, Va., and Gail Anderson of San Rafael, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.

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