Guy F. F. Garman, 82, lumber company owner

February 24, 2005

Guy F. F. Garman, president and owner of a family-owned Baltimore lumber company, died Sunday of a duodenal ulcer at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The longtime Ruxton resident was 82.

Mr. Garman was born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton. He was a 1940 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, a member of the school's champion ice hockey team and had played varsity lacrosse and baseball.

He began his college studies at Cornell University and transferred to the Johns Hopkins University, where he played lacrosse. He left Hopkins during his junior year to enlist in the Army in 1943.

He served in Europe with the 281st Combat Engineering Battalion and helped liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp.

After the war, he returned to Baltimore and completed his bachelor's degree in civil engineering at Hopkins in 1948.

He also took a position during the 1940s with Royal Lumber Co., a supplier of industrial lumber that had been founded by his father in 1928. Mr. Garman took over the business in the 2500 block of Maryland Ave. after his father's death in 1953.

Mr. Garman was a Hopkins lacrosse fan and also enjoyed attending Orioles and Ravens games.

Mr. Garman was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St., where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Margaret Pfeiffer; two sons, David F. Garman of Sykesville and Jonathan F. Garman of Baltimore; two daughters, Gretchen Garman Hampt of Solebury, Pa., and Ann Garman Shanks of Cockeysville; a sister, Gertrude Lang of Trappe; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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