Daniel L. Senft Jr., 79, businessman

July 05, 2002|By Kimberly Wilson | Kimberly Wilson,SUN STAFF

Daniel L. Senft Jr., a State House lobbyist and former board member at the Baltimore Country Club, died Tuesday of complications from polymyosytis, an inflammatory muscle disease. He was 79.

Born on Halloween in 1922 and raised in Roland Park, he was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute and attended the University of Virginia for three years until 1945.

He remained an avid sportsman all his life, playing squash and tennis and watching lacrosse at the Johns Hopkins University field.

Mr. Senft served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific for several years before his father's illness called him back to the States.

In 1948, he married Margaret Walther of Govans, who would be his wife of 53 years. She died last year.

The couple enjoyed splitting time between their Roland Park home and a second home in Cape May, N.J.

"He's very much a local person. He lived on the same block his entire life. He was just a Baltimore guy but he did love Cape May," said Mr. Senft's youngest son, William W. Senft.

Mr. Senft's career straddled the worlds of business and politics.

He established an independent insurance brokerage in downtown Baltimore that he sold after 40 years to the Herget Co.

He also worked as a lobbyist at the State House in Annapolis on behalf of the laundry and dry cleaners association.

But his career was balanced with personal interests.

He served as president of the Maryland chapter of the University of Virginia Alumni Association in 1972.

He was vice president of the country club's board from 1975 until 1981.

More recently, he was a three-time Maryland State Senior Doubles Squash champion.

"He was a real charming man," said his son.

Mr. Senft is also survived by two other sons, Daniel L. Senft III and David P. Senft, both of Roland Park; a daughter, Susan S. Smith of Bel Air; and nine grandchildren.

Plans for services at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, 1008 W. 37th St., were incomplete yesterday.

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