Calhoun Bond, 75, attorney Jane P. Bond, 66, homemaker

December 06, 1996|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave. for Calhoun Bond, 75, a retired Baltimore attorney, and his wife, Jane P. Bond, 66, homemaker who was active in civic affairs.

A memorial service also will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Fairhaven Retirement Community, 7200 Third Ave., Sykesville, where the Bonds moved two years ago from their longtime Roland Park residence.

The Bonds, who were killed Monday in a single-car accident near Lewes, Del., were longtime members of St. David's and were active in the affairs of Maryland's Episcopal Diocese. They also were known for their involvement in civic affairs and their charitable work.

"The two of them were the finest examples of true Christians. Anything you needed done the Bonds were always there to help, and they had a deep and abiding faith," said David Layton, retired Episcopal Bishop of Maryland.

"They were very much a couple, and there is much to be said of their leaving this life together. One is not left to mourn for the other," said Suffragan Bishop of Maryland, Charles L. Longest.

"It is a deep tragedy for us and for their family, but we must remember at this time life is not ended. It is changed, and their work goes on. Their work will be their lasting legacy. They were role models for us all," Bishop Longest said.

Mr. Bond was chairman of the board of the Lafayette Square Community Center and a member of the Maryland Board of Public Welfare, the Maryland Commission on Long-Term Health Care and the Maryland Commission on Welfare Policy.

He was a trustee of the Episcopal Ministries to the Aging, the Baltimore City Retirement System and the Maryland Trust for Retarded Citizens; president of the Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens and former president of the Tommy McNulty Foundation, which helps retarded people.

Mrs. Bond, who had helped create Rash Field in the Inner Harbor, led the steering committee of the Friends of the Cathedral Garden, which designed the gardens around the Diocesan Center at Baltimore's Episcopal Cathedral Church of the Incarnation.

Gracie Reinhoff, a friend since childhood, said that Mrs. Bond was "totally selfless and very humane. She cared deeply for the less fortunate, and it made no difference what their background was," she said.

"They worked hard for the betterment of the city and gave much of themselves," Henry Rosenberg, chief executive of Crown Central Petroleum Co., said of the Bonds. "They cared deeply for the city. They were a perfect example of a couple whose interests had cross-pollinated."

Mr. Bond was a longtime political ally of William Donald Schaefer, former mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland, who appointed him to the city Board of Fire Commissioners in 1971.

Mr. Bond was named president of the board in 1976 and was an outspoken critic of budget cuts that would have meant closing firehouses and laying off fire fighters.

"He sure did give me a hard time when I had to cut the budget but I always admired him for fighting for his board," Mr. Schaefer said. He described their relationship as one of "amiable adversaries."

"He didn't care if I was the Prince of Wales -- he had his ideas and he stuck with them," Mr. Schaefer said. "He may have been a society guy but he was my friend. He was a practical, down-to-earth thinker, who always gave me a good slant on the (( issues. His death is a great shock and personal loss to me."

When Mr. Bond left the board in 1980, a Sun editorial described him as "a lawyer with a notable record for public service," who was "independent and fought for his department."

Mr. Bond was a managing partner of Cable, McDaniel, Bowie & Bond, which merged in 1991 with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe. At the time of his death, he was of counsel to the firm.

Born and raised in Roland Park, he was a 1939 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University in 1943.

He joined the Navy and participated in the D-Day landing as a young lieutenant aboard a landing craft. He was discharged in 1946 and joined the Naval Reserve, reaching the rank of commander.

In 1949, he earned a law degree from the University of Maryland School and joined the Maryland Bar Association that year.

In 1956, he married Jane Loring Piper, whose grandfather was James Piper, a founding partner of the Baltimore law firm of Piper & Marbury. Her father established Piper & Co., a real estate firm that later became a major component of O'Conor, Piper & Flynn.

Known as Janie, she was raised in the Green Spring Valley and graduated in 1948 from the Garrison Forest School and earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1952.

Before her marriage, she worked for Rouse Co. for several years.

They are survived by two sons, James Piper Bond of Baltimore and Dr. Calhoun Bond Jr. of Mebane, N.C.; two daughters, Louise Bond Heck of Baltimore and Jane Carson Bond of Reisterstown; his brother, T. Talbott Bond of Ruxton; and her brother, James Piper III of Roland Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland, 1700 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville 21208; or the Calhoun and Jane Bond Memorial Fund for Children with Special Needs, c/o Living Classrooms Foundation, 717 Eastern Ave. Baltimore 21202.

Pub Date: 12/06/96

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