James T. Lanier Jr., 59, owned equipment firm

February 02, 2003

James T. Lanier Jr., who owned an engineering sales company, died Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from a lung transplant. The Owings Mills resident was 59.

Mr. Lanier was owner and president of Lanier Engineering Sales Inc., a Brooklyn Park pneumatic and hydraulic equipment firm founded by his father. Family members said he enjoyed calling on customers in government, maritime, printing and beverage-making fields in the mid-Atlantic states.

The Johnstown, Pa., native moved to Baltimore as an infant and was raised in Pikesville. He was a 1962 graduate of Milford Mill High School.

He served in the Marine Corps in the 1960s.

Mr. Lanier was a member of the Fluid Power Distributors Association. He also owned a fishing charter boat, the Fluid Power, which he kept at Ocean City or in Florida, depending on the season. He placed several times in the annual Ocean City white marlin tournament and was a member of the Ocean City Marlin Club.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, the former Michelle Seaman; a son, Thomas Matthew Lanier of Owings Mills; a daughter, Jennifer Otto of Baltimore; a brother, Barry Lanier of Clearwater, Fla.; a sister, Judith Goodwin of Sebring, Fla.; and a grandson.

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