William R. Amos, 80, insurance firm executive

February 03, 2005

William R. Amos, a retired official with Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland who held several positions at the Maryland Historical Society, died of Alzheimer's disease Jan. 27 at Keswick Multi-Care Center. The longtime Anneslie resident was 80.

Mr. Amos was born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton. He was a 1941 graduate of City College and enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1943. Assigned to the 8th Air Force in England, he was a gunner on B-17 bombers and flew on many missions over Germany, attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

He studied accounting at the old Johns Hopkins University night school, McCoy College, and later became a certified public accountant. In 1950, he went to work for Fidelity & Deposit Co., where he was a financial analyst until becoming the company's treasurer. He retired in 1989.

Mr. Amos was active for many years with the Maryland Historical Society, where he had been treasurer for more than a decade and a trustee. He was its acting director from 1992 to 1994.

He had also served on the finance committee of Goodwill Industries and had been a member of the board of Mercy High School.

He enjoyed collecting model trains, riding trains in Europe and England, and visiting World War II sites.

Mr. Amos was an active communicant at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Rodgers Forge, where a funeral Mass was offered Saturday.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Mildred Pipkin; a son, Richard J. Amos of Annapolis; two daughters, Patricia A. Amos of Ardmore, Pa., and Susan C. Kunkel of Woodstock, Howard County; and eight grandchildren.

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