Joseph M. Wyatt, 86, lacrosse coach

August 13, 2006

Joseph McDonnell Wyatt, who was the first lacrosse coach at Mount St. Joseph High School, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at Stella Maris Hospice. The Towson resident was 86.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Wyatt graduated in 1937 from Catonsville High School, where he earned varsity letters in four sports.

He graduated from Loyola College in 1941 and was the school's first All-American lacrosse player, family members said.

He started the lacrosse program at Mount St. Joseph High School in 1946 and coached for two years. During the mid-1940s, he played with the Johns Hopkins University lacrosse club.

In 1948, Mr. Wyatt opened a sporting goods store in Baltimore called Mellendick and Wyatt's with his best friend. But he quit five years later and became a liquor salesman with Heublein Inc. He retired from there in 1995 as Mid-Atlantic regional manager.

Mr. Wyatt had been a member of the Rolling Road Golf Club in Catonsville since the 1940s and recorded a hole-in-one there in 2001.

He also had been a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick since his college years. He marched each year in Baltimore's St. Patrick's Day Parade until the mid-1990s.

A service was held yesterday.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Rebekah Berryman Wyatt; two daughters, Craiganne Baird of Lutherville and Rebekah McDonnell Matz of Timonium; a son, Michael J. Wyatt of Monkton; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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