L. Glen Rock, 79, insurance agent

November 13, 2005|By NICK SHIELDS | NICK SHIELDS,SUN REPORTER

L. Glen Rock, founder of an insurance company and an avid sailor who loved being on the Chesapeake Bay, died of pancreatic cancer Monday at his home in Timonium. He was 79.

Born in Cleveland, Mr. Rock was raised in Baltimore and graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1944. He enlisted in the Army that year and later fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged in July 1946, said his son, Lee Rock of Cockeysville.

After his discharge, he continued his education at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., where he graduated in 1950. He married Patricia Dubel in 1951.

Mr. Rock earned the designation as a chartered property casualty underwriter in 1956 and worked for several local insurance agencies before founding Glen Rock Insurance in 1977. The company became affiliated with PSA Financial Center in Lutherville in 2001, his family said.

Lee Rock said he worked at Glen Rock Insurance with his father for about 25 years.

"He was an incredible teacher," the son said.

"For him, it was about honesty and integrity and putting the interest of others first before your own."

A former secretary at the company, Karen Rhone, said Mr. Rock inspired her to pursue a career in the insurance business. "He mentored me, challenged me, he helped me out personally - there's just not enough words to describe the type of man he was," she said.

On weekends, Mr. Rock frequently took his family sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, his son said. The family sometimes sailed from morning until dusk.

His son said Mr. Rock loved to spend time with his grandchildren. "If I knew how much fun grandchildren were, I would have had them first," he recalled his father saying.

A memorial service was held Friday at the Church of the Nativity in Timonium.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by three other sons, Donald Rock of Phoenix, Baltimore County, Brian Rock of Bellevue, Wash., and Jim Rock of Towson; one daughter, Agnes Rock of Las Vegas; three brothers, John Rock of Timonium, Robert Rock of Richmond, Va., and Leo Rock Jr. of Orlando, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.

nick.shields@baltsun.com

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