Jerome F. "Jake" Bounds, a Baltimore native who quit high school in 1928 to take a job as a messenger for Union Trust Co. and retired 46 years later as an assistant vice president, died of heart failure early Wednesday at Howard County General Hospital.
The Ellicott City resident was 86.
Mr. Bounds left Mount St. Joseph High School at 17 to earn money and help his family during the Depression. He continued working for Union Trust without a salary when it was unable to pay employees during the Depression.
As he moved up the company ladder, he took night courses in accounting and business administration at the Johns Hopkins University and at other schools.
He also was a baseball player and an avid fan.
Throughout the 1930s, Mr. Bounds played for semi-pro leagues in Maryland and Pennsylvania. He also played in many area club leagues, including bankers, industrial and Saturday leagues.
After he stopped playing, Mr. Bounds remained a big fan of the game.
He was an original member of the Maryland Oldtimers Baseball Association, which honors local athletes and raises money for Baltimore area Little League and amateur baseball teams.
He was president of the 450-member association from 1957 to 1959, when he became treasurer, a position he held at his death.
During World War II, Mr. Bounds took a leave from Union Trust to serve in the Navy. He was an accountant for the Navy from 1943 to 1946, managing payrolls while on naval vessels.
At the time of his death, Mr. Bounds also was treasurer of the Maryland Baseball Players Association and the Amateur Sports Federation of Maryland.
He was a member of the Baltimore Orioles Foundation Fund, the Baltimore Sports Reporters Association, the Oldtimers Soccer Association and an honorary member of the Oldtimers Pro Baseball Players Association of Greater Miami.
According to Mr. Bounds' family, he spent his last hours Tuesday night watching the Florida Marlins play the Atlanta Braves on television.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville, 1630 Edmondson Ave.
Mr. Bounds is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Marie Young; a son, Robert Thomas of Seattle; two daughters, Joan Gallagher of Hollywood, Fla., and Patricia Lang of Ellicott City; a brother, Oliver Bounds of Ellicott City; three sisters, Marie Read of Catonsville, Martha Jacobs of Timonium and Cecilia Bounds of Towson; six grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Pub Date: 10/18/97