J. Harry Cross Sr., 97, USF&G legal counsel

April 16, 2005

J. Harry Cross Sr., retired general legal counsel for United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. and an avid book collector, died of heart failure Monday at his Homeland residence. He was 97.

Mr. Cross was born in Baltimore and raised on Guilford Avenue. He was a 1924 graduate of City College and earned a law degree in 1929 from the University of Baltimore Law School.

Mr. Cross retired in 1972 from USF&G, where he began his career 50 years earlier as an office boy. He remained active in the American Bar Association and the Baltimore City Bar Association.

Mr. Cross, who had lived on Broadmoor Road for more than 40 years, enjoyed collecting and reading books. He was a longtime member of the Great Books Club, where he conducted sessions on the origins and legal interpretations of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Mr. Cross enjoyed spending time at a second home in Queenstown.

Mr. Cross was married for 69 years to the former Anna Morris, who died in 2003.

He was a longtime communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Govans, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday.

Survivors include a son, John H. Cross Jr. of Pawleys Island, S.C.; two grandsons; and three great-granddaughters.

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