Geoffrey A. Tizard Sr., 75, AT&T financial officer

August 08, 2004

Geoffrey Alexander Tizard Sr., a retired American Telephone & Telegraph Co. financial officer, died of pneumonia Tuesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 75 and lived in Riderwood.

Mr. Tizard was born in Washington, the son of Sir George F. Tizard, a British diplomat. He was a graduate of Anacostia High School and studied accounting at Benjamin Franklin University in Washington.

During the Korean War, he served with an Army ordnance unit at Camp Pickett, Va., and at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He was discharged with the rank of corporal in 1951.

He began his career with Western Electric Corp. in Washington in a telephone distribution warehouse and was later promoted to the company's financial division.

Mr. Tizard was transferred in 1973 to the company's financial division in Hunt Valley, which had been taken over by AT&T. He retired in 1985.

He had been an active member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and established a telephone tree that kept members apprised of the illnesses and deaths of their colleagues.

Mr. Tizard was found to have multiple sclerosis in 1981.

"For the next 23 years, he fought a valiant battle with multiple sclerosis as he went from canes to a wheelchair. He showed great courage," said his wife of 52 years, the former Grace Waldt, a retired Diet Workshop lecturer.

"In order to give him some freedom from his wheelchair, he'd get aboard his blue Rascal motor scooter and ride around his Village Green neighborhood. Everyone knew him," Mrs. Tizard said.

Mr. Tizard had been a timer at the Padonia Park Club in Timonium and enjoyed gardening. He also was an avid football fan.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two sons, Geoffrey Alexander Tizard Jr. of Riderwood and Steven W. Tizard of Phoenix, Baltimore County; a daughter, Constance A. Holmes of New York City; and seven grandchildren.

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