Henry C. Moesinger Jr., 84, Md. National vice president

December 24, 2005|By JACQUES KELLY | JACQUES KELLY,SUN REPORTER

Henry C. "Harry" Moesinger Jr., who rose from a clerk to become a vice president of Maryland National Bank, died of sepsis Monday at the Manor Care Towson nursing home. He was 84.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Normal Avenue, he attended St. James the Less School and was a 1938 City College graduate. He earned an accounting degree from the old Baltimore College of Commerce while working at the National Marine Bank on Gay Street, an institution that served the shipping industry.

When World War II broke out, he served in the Army and worked at a hospital in the South Pacific. He attained the rank of sergeant.

After the war, Mr. Moesinger returned to the bank, where he ran a machine for balancing accounts. He would stay at the bank for nearly five decades.

"He prided himself on having worked in every clerical position at the bank," said Suzanne Wayson, whom he raised as a daughter. "He had a firsthand experience in all aspects of banking operations."

In 1946, Mr. Moesinger was promoted to discount teller. When his bank merged with Fidelity Baltimore National Bank and Trust Co. in 1954, Mr. Moesinger was moved to its Light Street headquarters. For many years, he worked from a desk on the bank's mezzanine overlooking the banking floor at 10 Light St.

"He grew up in near poverty, the son of immigrants, and knew the value of money. He was excellent with investments," said Dennis Duda, a family friend. "He was prudent and knew just where to put money."

Mr. Moesinger held a number of jobs in the bank, including posts in the credit department, where he became a divisional manager. By 1963, he was manager of the securities division of what had become Maryland National Bank.

He was named assistant vice president of the securities department in 1968 and retired as vice president of the bank's treasury department in 1988.

Friends said that in his 48 years with the bank, he imparted valuable financial advice to numerous customers.

Mr. Moesinger was a past president and officeholder of the Municipal Bond Club of Baltimore.

He played tennis at Clifton Park until he was in his early 80s. He also enjoyed duckpin bowling and golf.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Thursday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, where he was a member.

In addition to Suzanne Wayson, Mr. Moesinger is survived by Marian Wayson, his companion of 42 years, who lives in Towson; three of her children, whom he treated as his own, Charles Wayson of Clinton, N.J., Marianne Wayson of Towson, and Michael Wayson of El Paso, Texas; and a cousin, Marge Sweeney of Baltimore.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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