William Van Blarcom Jr., 56, banker, orchestra chief

September 09, 2004

William A. Van Blarcom Jr., a former Baltimore banker who was president of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, died of prostate cancer Friday at his home in Chadds Ford, Pa. He was 56.

Mr. Van Blarcom was born in Paterson, N.J., and raised in Sherborn, Mass. He earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and business in 1976 from Boston University. He was co-owner of a gourmet grocery and wine shop before going to work in 1979 for Fidelity Investments in Boston.

In 1982, he was recruited by Maryland National Bank and later held marketing positions with Loyola Federal Savings & Loan and Chase Manhattan Bank while living in Baltimore's Oakenshawe neighborhood.

While here, Mr. Van Blarcom enjoyed attending the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Center Stage and Theater Project.

In 1991, he joined MBNA in Wilmington, Del., and later worked at First USA Bank, until establishing Managing Partners, a marketing, fund raising and executive management firm in 2001.

Mr. Van Blarcom had been executive director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and was named president this year.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at his home, 19 Nine Gates Road in Chadds Ford.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, the former Julie Wernick; his father, William A. Van Blarcom of Sherborn; two brothers, Kenneth W. Van Blarcom of Sherborn and Thomas B. Van Blarcom of Bangkok, Thailand; and many nieces and nephews.

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