Edward M. Athey, 58, insurance executive

May 25, 2004

Edward M. Athey, a Kent County insurance executive who was active in civic affairs, died of cancer Thursday at his Chestertown home. He was 58.

Mr. Athey was born in Hagerstown and raised in Chestertown, where he graduated from Chestertown High School in 1963. He attended Washington College there before earning his undergraduate degree in 1968 from Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., and a master's in education in 1972 from what is now McDaniel College.

He went to work in 1974 for a Chestertown brokerage that eventually became Fleetwood, Athey, Macbeth & McCown and was president and chief executive of the firm at his death.

Mr. Athey was a former judge of the Orphans' Court for Kent County and was on the boards of Chestertown Bank and Boose Aluminum Foundry Inc. He was also president of the Washington College Alumni Association.

He was a member of the Chestertown Zoning and Planning Board, Kent County Economic Development Committee and Board of Visitors and Governors of Washington College.

He enjoyed golf, reading and cooking.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. today at Martha Washington Square on the campus of Washington College.

Mr. Athey is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Catherine L. McCorkel; two daughters, Carolyn Athey Harms of Brielle, N.J., and Lisa C. Athey of Annapolis; his father, Edward L. Athey, a brother, Ronald F. Athey, and sister, Patricia Athey Grieb, all of Chestertown; and three grandchildren.

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