H. Nelson Davis, 87, investment banker

October 07, 2004

H. Nelson Davis, a retired Baltimore investment banker who was active in Masonic affairs, died of cardiac arrest Monday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Mays Chapel resident was 87.

Mr. Davis was born and raised in Catonsville and was a graduate of Catonsville High School.

He began his business career at age 17 as a runner for Edward D. Allen & Co., a Baltimore brokerage. He worked during the day while studying for his bachelor's degree in business at the Johns Hopkins University's night school, from which he graduated in 1942.

Mr. Davis later worked for Stein Bros. & Boyce and, for nearly 20 years, for Gruntal & Co., from which he retired in 1989.

A former resident of Sparks, Mr. Davis lived in Naples, Fla., from 1993 to 2001, when he moved to Mays Chapel.

He was a Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters. He was an avid golfer and a former member of Hillendale Country Club and Rolling Road Golf Club.

He was a former member of Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Henry W. Jenkins & Sons funeral home, 16924 York Road in Hereford.

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Thelma White.

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