R. Walter Ward, 78, Harford County developer

February 19, 2003

R. Walter Ward, a Harford County real estate developer, died Sunday of cardiac arrest at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. The Abingdon resident was 78.

He was the co-owner of a Harford County real estate firm, Ward and Bosely, which he founded more than 30 years ago with Melvin G. Bosely.

Born in Boone, N.C., Mr. Ward was raised in Bel Air and was a 1943 graduate of Bel Air High School.

Trained as a professional auctioneer at a school in Lafayette, Ind., he sold cars at an auto and truck auction in Mannheim, Pa., one day a week through the 1970s. He also sold real estate and developed sections off Route 24 north of Bel Air.

After forming Ward and Bosely, he sold homes in subdivisions and developed the Box Hill Square Shopping Center in Abingdon.

He was a former director of First National Bank of Maryland and was a member of the Izaak Walton League and Bel Air Rotary Club.

He recently donated the land for a new YMCA, and also created a scholarship fund in his name at Harford Community College.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at McComas Funeral Home, 1317 Cokesbury Road, Abingdon.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Beatrice "Betty" Lauterbach; a son, Bob Ward of Darlington; a daughter, Jennifer Ward Reynolds of Phoenix, Baltimore County; a brother, Fred Y. Ward of Bel Air; a sister, Mary Helen Cooper of Harker Heights, Texas; and three grandchildren.

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