John Charles Ruxton, 77, Equitable Trust official

April 23, 2004

John Charles Ruxton, a retired banking official and World War II veteran, died of a heart attack Sunday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Ruxton resident was 77.

Mr. Ruxton was born in Springfield, Mo., and raised in Baltimore on Evesham Avenue.

After graduating from City College in 1944, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was en route to the Pacific when the war ended. He was discharged in 1946.

He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University in 1949, and attended the University of Maryland Law School.

He began his banking career with the old Equitable Trust Co. in 1949. In the mid-1950s, he left to become a civilian counterintelligence teacher at Fort Holabird in Baltimore.

He returned to Equitable in 1959, and rose to senior vice president responsible for the bank's trust division. He retired in 1985.

Mr. Ruxton had served on the board of the Goldseker Foundation and was a former president of the League for the Handicapped. He was a member of the St. Andrews Society and had been president of the Kiwanis Club of Baltimore City.

He and his wife of 50 years, the former Mary Virginia Brandt, enjoyed traveling by steamship. He was an avid reader of history and biography, and was a Hopkins lacrosse fan.

Mr. Ruxton was a member and former elder and trustee of Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Ruxton is survived by two sons, John Brandt Ruxton of Bel Air and Philip Taylor Ruxton of Rockville, and four grandchildren. Another son, William Charles Ruxton, died in 1990.

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