John D. Gandy Jr., 76, risk-management director

August 08, 2005

John Darrington Gandy Jr., a retired general manager of a risk management company, died of a heart attack Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 76 and lived in Timonium.

Born in Jackson, Miss., he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi and also attended law school there. In 1953, he married Virginia "Ginger" Tucker in Baton Rouge, La., where he was living at the time.

Mr. Gandy served from 1954 to 1956 in the Army, stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. He and his wife later moved to Cockeysville, where they lived for 30 years before moving to Timonium six years ago.

He worked as the general manager of the Baltimore office of Crawford & Co., a risk management company, from 1969 until his retirement in 1989. Prior to that, he worked for the company as an adjuster in Jackson, Baton Rouge and New Orleans and as a branch manager in Shreveport, La. After his retirement, he continued to work as a consultant for the company for about 12 years.

An avid football fan, he had attended most of the Colts' home games, his wife said.

Mr. Gandy was the director of the Crawford & Co. annual scholarship selection board from 1989 to 1997, was president of the Tri-State Claims Association from 1967 to 1968 in Louisiana, and was named Claims Man of the Year by the Baltimore Claims Association in 1978.

He also was president of the Timonium Rotary Club from 1975 to 1976, and received the Paul Harris Foundation Award from the club.

At the time of his death he was an active participant at Trinity Assembly of God on Joppa Road.

A military graveside service was held Thursday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John Darrington Gandy III of Kingwood, Texas; two daughters, Jacqueline E.G. Brown of Lutherville and Jane Elizabeth Lyall of Joppa; and five grandchildren.

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