Richard Croswell, 72, MBNA vice president Richard O...

August 22, 2000

Richard Croswell, 72, MBNA vice president

Richard O. Croswell, a retired MBNA senior executive vice president and avid softball player, died Saturday of cancer at his Churchville home. He was 72.

Mr. Croswell began his 40-year career in financial services in 1950 with Commercial Credit Corp. in Salisbury. After spending two years in the Marine Corps as a flight instructor at Quantico, Va., he returned to Commercial Credit as a credit manager.

In 1961, he joined County Trust Co., which later became part of Maryland National Bank. He was manager of the bank's consumer banking division and was promoted to vice president in 1969.

Mr. Croswell was responsible for Maryland National Bank's credit card program when it was moved to Wilmington, Del., and became MBNA in 1982. He later headed MBNA's security, fraud control and data security departments. He retired as senior executive vice president and member of the loan quality and risk management committees in 1995.

"Dick's integrity, resilience and enthusiasm were legendary," said Charles Cawley, MBNA's chairman and chief executive officer, who credited Mr. Croswell with having a major influence on the company's success.

Mr. Croswell enjoyed playing softball and led his Maryland National Bank team to a number of championships in the 1970s and 1980s. At his retirement, MBNA named its athletic field in Newark, Del., ROC Field inhis honor.

Born and raised in Princess Anne, Mr. Croswell graduated from Wicomico High School.

In 1950, he married Jane Freeman, who survives him.

Before moving to Churchville in 1986, Mr. Croswell lived in Sudbrook Park and had been Scoutmaster of Troop 790 in Pikesville for six years.

He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, 2106 Churchville Road, Bel Air, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Richard M. Croswell of Hockessin, Del.; a daughter, Candace L. Szabad of Chase; a brother, William O. Croswell of Portsmouth, Va.; two sisters, Peggy Williams of Salisbury and Jeanne Lerew of Denver; and two grandchildren.

Barbara M. Smyth, 82, Westinghouse worker

Barbara M. Smyth, a retired Westinghouse Corp. administrator, died Aug. 15 of heart and renal failure at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 82.

Ms. Smyth had lived for six years at Blakehurst, a retirement community in Towson, where she was known for her one-liners and quick wit. Before that, she lived in Dulaney Valley.

She worked at Westinghouse for 32 years, starting as a supervisor and buyer of electrical components for radar sets used by U.S. fighter pilots in the World War II era. She retired in the early 1970s as an administrator in purchasing and procurement .

At Westinghouse, she traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, working in a male-dominated field to win government contracts.

Family members say they remember a map on the wall of her home with pins marking the spots she had visited.

Barbara May Joyce, known as "Bobbie," was born in New Haven, Conn.

In the early 1970s, she married J. Calvin Smyth, a partner in Albert S. Smyth Co., jewelers, in Timonium. Mr. Smyth died in 1992.

Ms. Smyth's husband was a potentate of the Shriners in Towson, and she was first lady.

She was a prize-winning golfer and belonged to Towson Golf and Country Club for 25 years.

Services were held yesterday.

Ms. Smyth is survived by three nephews, Douglas E. Joyce of Indio, Calif., Richard S. Joyce of Annapolis and David B. Joyce of Herndon, Va.; two nieces, Barbara E. Perron of Glen Burnie and Sandra L. Dalton of Annapolis; a special friend, Myrtle Cadwallader of Blakehurst; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

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