George H. Warner, 74, Alex. Brown partner

February 28, 2005

George H. Warner, retired controller and partner at Alex. Brown & Sons, died of cancer Feb. 20 at Gilchrist Center in Towson. He was 74.

The Timonium resident was born in Baltimore and grew up in the city's Forest Park neighborhood. An avid hockey and lacrosse player, he transferred to Severn High School in Annapolis in 1947 and graduated with honors.

He played lacrosse from 1950 to 1952 while a student at the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and later a master's degree.

After graduating, Mr. Warner taught at Penn State University and published an accounting textbook that was used in his classes. He also taught summer and night school courses at Hopkins.

He began work at Alex. Brown & Sons as an internal auditor in 1963, and later became controller and a partner in the firm.

Mr. Warner retired from the company in 1988 after 25 years of service, but continued to do consulting work for Alex. Brown and other companies.

His son, Terence Warner of Baltimore, said his father believed in hard work - but also in having a good time

"He always said, `There's a time for work, but there's also a time for play,'" his son said. "He was always a character at parties."

Mr. Warner enjoyed fund raising and served as president of the Cosmopolitan Club of Baltimore, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for diabetes research, his son said.

He was a lacrosse coach in the early 1970s for a recreation council for Lutherville-Timonium and followed Johns Hopkins lacrosse until his death.

Services were Wednesday.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Mary Ann Chaney; three other sons, Todd Warner of Baltimore, Thomas Warner of Bedford, Mass., and Timothy Warner of Athens, Ga.; and four grandchildren.

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