John Briggs Morrell, 76, banker

September 08, 2006

John Briggs Morrell, a retired Commercial Credit Corp. executive, died of lung cancer Aug. 31 at his Owings Mills home. He was 76.

Born in Portland, Maine, he was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he remained active in alumni activities. He also attended a management program at the Harvard Business School. He served with the Marine Corps in Korea and attained the rank of captain.

In 1954, Mr. Morrell went into banking at the State Street Bank in Boston. He moved to Baltimore in 1978 to become a senior vice president of the old Commercial Credit.

In 1980, he became president and chief executive officer of Commercial Credit International Banking Corp., a subsidiary of the parent firm.

He retired in 1988 and co-founded a video production company, AVK Imprints Inc., with his wife, the former Lynn Oehrig, whom he married in 1980.

Mr. Morrell also directed tennis programs for Baltimore Tennis Patrons and coached tennis at Friends and Oldfields schools. He also enjoyed golf, sailing and skiing.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Sarah Morrell of Providence, R.I., Jane Morrell Donnelly of Rockport, Mass., and Carolyn Morrell Raisner of Marblehead, Mass.; and three grandchildren.

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