Frederick W. Lafferty, 71, Baltimore bank

March 06, 2002

Frederick W. Lafferty, 71, Baltimore bank officer

Frederick Wayne Lafferty, a retired Baltimore bank officer and foundation director, died Friday of heart failure related to lung cancer at Broward General Memorial Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Roland Park resident was 71.

He retired in 1996 after nearly a decade as executive director of the Baltimore-based philanthropic group, the France-Merrick Foundation. Earlier, he headed credit card operations for the Equitable Trust Co.

Family members said that while he was active in the American Bankers Association, he helped select the name Visa to replace BankAmericard.

Born in High Point, N.C., he was a 1949 graduate of Gilman School, where he played basketball and was captain of the baseball team. He earned a degree from Princeton University and was a member of its Colonial Club.

From 1953 to 1964, he was an assistant manager for Harry M. Stevens sports caterers and helped run the Pimlico, Bowie, Hagerstown, Timonium and Laurel racetrack clubhouses.

He was a past president of the Children's Fresh Air Society and served as a Gilman School trustee. He enjoyed taking cruises through the Panama Canal and in South Pacific, New Zealand, Australian and Scandinavian waters, and collected menus from his travels.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St., where he was a member and elder.

Mr. Lafferty is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Lynn DeGroff; a son, Frederick Wayne Lafferty Jr. of McKinney, Texas; a daughter, Lee Lafferty Broh-Kahn of Phoenix in Baltimore County; and five grandchildren.

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