Walter M. Hale, 79, bank official, veteran

September 18, 2005

Walter M. Hale, a retired bank official who was active in his Episcopal church, died in his sleep Wednesday at Broadmead retirement community. The former longtime Roland Park resident was 79.

Mr. Hale was born in Baltimore and raised on Blackburn Lane in Cedarcroft. After graduating from Boys' Latin School in 1944, he enlisted in the Army and served with an infantry unit in Europe.

After the war, he attended the Johns Hopkins University and worked for 19 years as a production manager for Barr-Stalfort Co., a former Baltimore aerosol manufacturing and filling company.

From 1969 to 1974, he worked for the Rouse Co. as an office-leasing executive in Columbia. In 1974, he joined First National Bank of Maryland as a site location officer and held that position at his 1987 retirement.

A longtime communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in North Baltimore, he had served on the vestry and had been head usher for 60 years.

Mr. Hale had coached Rodgers Forge Little League teams for about a decade and since 1973 had been a board member of the Children's Fresh Air Society.

He was been a member for many years of the Elkridge Club, where he played golf frequently.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at his church, 5603 N. Charles St.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, the former Frances Baker; a son, Walter M. "Chip" Hale of Jarrettsville; a daughter, Eleanor Hale Thompson of Cockeysville; and four grandchildren.

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