Harold L. Xanders, 79, stockbroker


Harold L. Xanders, a stockbroker and lifelong resident of Green Spring Valley, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 79.

Mr. Xanders grew up in the house that is now the headmaster's residence for Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills and as an adult lived in two homes on Garrison Forest Road.

He excelled in athletics at the Gilman School, where he played baseball and tennis and was an all-state quarterback and wrestler in the early 1940s.

He was captain of the football team in 1944. Throughout his life, he encountered people who recalled having seen him play, said his wife, the former Susan Stinson, whom he married in 1958.

She said, "He was very humble about all that. ... He just loved the camaraderie [of sports]."

Mr. Xanders was elected captain of the Gilman wrestling team in the 1944-45 school year, but his season was cut short when he and four other young men graduated early in order to serve in World War II.

Mr. Xanders joined the Navy, serving as a pharmacist assistant in Virginia. The war ended before he was sent overseas.

He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in 1951 and then started a 43-year career as a stockbroker. He worked for Stein Brothers & Boyce and then for Robert Garrett & Sons, which merged with Alex. Brown & Sons. He retired in 1994.

He continued to be an avid sports fan. He had season tickets to the Baltimore Colts and, his wife recalled, quarterbacked every game from his mezzanine seat. He also enjoyed tennis and golf at the Greenspring Valley Hunt Club.

Mrs. Xanders said that an acquaintance had told her recently that being a friend of Mr. Xanders "gave you certain prestige."

She said, "My husband never cared for fame or prestige. Obviously his good-natured personality made a good impression on many, many people."

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Garrison Forest, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills, where Mr. Xanders was a lifelong member.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John S. Xanders of Baltimore and Edward L. Xanders of Glendale, Calif.; a sister, Isabel X. Cooney of Old Lyme, Conn.; and three grandchildren.


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