Joseph M. M. Knott, 85, real estate executive

July 09, 2004

Joseph Mark Mercer Knott, a retired official of an industrial real estate firm, died of cancer complications Monday at his Towson home. He was 85.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Ten Hills, he was a 1936 Loyola High School graduate and earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola College.

He was a partner in Henry A. Knott Co., a construction business founded by his father. He also headed Joseph M. Knott Inc., a Towson-based industrial real estate business. He retired several years ago.

He was a member of the Society of Industrial Realtors and the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, and was a past president of the Baltimore Investment and Exchange Council, the North Baltimore Kiwanis Club, the Serra Club of Baltimore, St. Brendan's division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Boys Home. He had been on the board of the Irish Heritage Society and Heritage Savings and Loan Association.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, on Ware Avenue in Towson, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Kathryn Woods; three sons, J. William Knott of Hunt Valley, Paul D. Knott of Sparks and Stephen M. Knott of Lutherville; a daughter, Mary Ann Grasso of Baltimore; a brother, John L. Knott of Towson; and five grandchildren.

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