Edward A. Supplee Sr., 81, bank vice president

August 14, 2002

Edward A. Supplee Sr., 81, bank vice president

Edward Arthurs Supplee Sr., a retired Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co. vice president who had been an influential member of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, died of heart failure Sunday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Roland Park resident was 81.

Born and raised in Guilford, Mr. Supplee was a 1939 graduate of Gilman School. After earning his bachelor's degree in Latin from Princeton University in 1943, he served with an Army artillery company in the Pacific and also in the occupation of Japan. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, and was discharged with the rank of captain.

After World War II, he graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law and began a legal career with the Baltimore law firm of Clark, Thomsen and Smith.

In 1952, he joined Mercantile, and was promoted to vice president of the bank's trust department in 1963. After he retired in 1986, he continued to do estate planning and wills, family members said.

Mr. Supplee's civic interests centered on the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, to which he was appointed by Mayor Thomas J. D'Alesandro Jr. in 1957. He was a stalwart of the organization for nearly 40 years, and during his tenure helped draw up a new zoning code for Baltimore.

"Ed was one of the most respected members of CPHA and a zoning watchdog whose work greatly influenced the City Council," said Christopher C. Hartman, chairman of the first three city fairs and now a public relations consultant.

"In those early days, he had a volunteer copy all of the zoning filings, and then he'd notify the neighborhoods, who often didn't know what was about to happen. Ed was devoted to neighborhoods," Mr. Hartman said.

Mr. Supplee enjoyed collecting stamps and coins, and visiting Ocean City.

He was a member of the Society of Colonial Wars and the American Bar Association.

He was a longtime active parishioner of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul St., where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Mary Carroll Wilson; two sons, Edward A. Supplee of Palo Alto, Calif., and Dr. W. Scott Supplee of Baltimore; a daughter, Cynthia S. Swart of Lyme Center, N.H.; a sister, Montgomery Abbott of West Chester, Pa.; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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