Hume Opie Annan Jr., 77, Blue Cross vice president

May 14, 2004

Hume Opie Annan Jr., a retired vice president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland, died of cancer May 7 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland. He was 77 and a resident of Fort Ashby, W.Va., and formerly lived in Loch Raven Village.

He was born in Tampa, Fla., and raised in Cumberland, and he worked his studies at Princeton University around merchant marine service in World War II. He graduated from the school in 1949 and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honors fraternity.

After serving in the Army from 1950 to 1952, he moved to Baltimore and became vice president of corporate planning and research for Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He helped develop the company's drug, dental and vision programs before retiring in 1981 and moving back to the Cumberland area, where services were held Tuesday.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Peggy Edmondson; a son, Richard Opie Annan of Palmyra, Va.; a daughter, Nancy Dunbar Annan Street of Annapolis; and two grandsons.

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