Harry F. Wright Jr., 74, bank executive

July 08, 2006

Harry Forrest Wright, a retired Maryland National Bank executive and sports enthusiast, died of cancer June 30 at his Crownsville home. He was 74.

Mr. Wright, who was born and raised in Woodbury, N.J., graduated in the 1950s from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

He began his banking career at the old First Pennsylvania Bank in Philadelphia before coming to Baltimore in 1963 and joining the old Maryland National Bank.

Mr. Wright, who retired in 1989 as the bank's chief financial officer, was also a founder of credit-card giant MBNA.

He had been a member of the boards of the Maryland School for the Blind and the Hoover Eye Institute at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was a former president of the Baltimore chapter of the March of Dimes.

For 43 years, Mr. Wright had been a season ticket holder to the Colts, Ravens and Orioles. In 2003, he fulfilled a dream by attending games at every major league baseball stadium in one season, family members said.

He liked playing tennis, walking, reading and playing Scrabble. He also liked spending time at a second home in Wildwood Crest, N.J.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, the former Lorraine McLaughlin; three sons, Harry F. Wright III of Arnold, Gregory W. Wright of Bel Air and Douglas C. Wright of Crofton; a daughter, Lonni Pitis of North Wales, Pa.; a brother, John W. Wright of Paris, Va.; a sister, Rosa Miles of Mullica Hills, N.J.; and six grandchildren.

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