H. Leslie Myers, 80, lawyer for Cigna Inc.

April 13, 2003

H. Leslie Myers, a retired Cigna Inc. attorney and World War II veteran, died of cancer Tuesday in his Bel Air home. He was 80.

Mr. Myers was born in Baltimore and was raised on Fulton Avenue. He graduated from City College and attended the University of Virginia.

His college studies were interrupted when he enlisted in the Army during World War II. He served in New Guinea and the Philippines before being discharged in 1945.

After returning to Baltimore, he worked as an accountant for General Motors in Baltimore.

He was married in 1948 to the former Mary Elizabeth Blocher, who survives him.

Mr. Myers earned a bachelor's degree in finance in 1953 and his law degree in 1956, both from the University of Baltimore.

From 1956 to 1971, he was a bonding and claims attorney for Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland. He was transferred from Baltimore to the company's New Jersey office in 1959 and transferred again to Timonium in 1965.

In 1971 he joined the Insurance Company of North America in Philadelphia, which merged with Connecticut General Corporation in 1982 to become Cigna Inc., as an attorney in charge of the bond claims department. He retired from Cigna in 1992 and returned to Maryland, moving to Bel Air in 1995.

Mr. Myers enjoyed reading history and historical fiction and listening to opera and classical music. He was also an avid fisherman.

Services were held yesterday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Myers is survived by his son Navy Capt. Harry L. Myers Jr. of Clifton, Va.; three daughters, Nora Myers of Baltimore, Elva Mullin of Bel Air and Ellen Kliman of Hyattsville; and four grandchildren.

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