William W. Simpson Jr., 80, banking executive

November 05, 2003

William W. Simpson Jr., a retired banking executive and accountant, died Sunday of kidney failure at Stella Maris Hospice. The Timonium resident was 80.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he was a 1940 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He earned a business degree from the University of Baltimore and a master's in business administration from Loyola College, and became a certified public accountant in 1952.

In 1946, he started work as a teller at the old Baltimore Federal Savings and Loan Association, and in his 34 years with the institution rose through the ranks to become senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

He retired in 1980 but returned to the banking industry about five years later and worked with the Resolution Trust Corp. to help rebuild Maryland's saving and loan industry after the crisis triggered by the collapse of Old Court Savings and Loan.

He was national president of the Financial Managers Society from 1974 to 1975.

He played golf at Longview Golf Course, and also enjoyed playing popular and classical music on the piano.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Stella Maris Chapel, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road in Timonium, where he was a volunteer counselor.

Survivors include three daughters, Linda Depew of Parkville, Janet Hasslinger of Mount Airy and Carol Gutowski of White Marsh; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. His wife of more than 50 years, the former Doris Carroll, a homemaker, died in 2000.

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