John Sener, 80, Legg Mason executive

September 12, 2006

Joseph Ward Sener, a retired Legg Mason executive and avid wildfowl hunter, died of stroke complications Sept. 4 at his Church Hill home. The former Roland Park resident was 80.

A Baltimore native raised in Homeland, he was a 1944 graduate of Boys' Latin School and attained the rank of sergeant while serving in the Army Air Forces during the final days of World War II.

After graduating from Haverford College in 1950, he became a trainee broker for John C. Legg Co., a predecessor of Legg Mason Wood Walker Inc.

He was elected a general partner of the firm in 1961 and later managed the company's investment banking department. He played a pivotal role in the merger of Wood Walker and Legg Mason. After the establishment of Legg Mason Inc., Mr. Sener was named executive vice president and chief administrative officer, and served on the company's board for 12 years.

Other corporate board memberships included Schluderberg-Kurdle Co., Southern Fire and Casualty Co., and Chesapeake Bank and Trust Co.

Mr. Sener stepped down from administrative duties in 1972 and moved to the Eastern Shore, where he opened the firm's branch office in Chestertown. He remained with Legg Mason as a senior adviser until 2001, when he retired.

Mr. Sener's philanthropic interests included establishing endowment funds at Boys' Latin, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Washington College and Haverford College.

He had been a member of the board of governors of Washington College and a board member of the Children's Fresh Air Society, Arthritis Foundation of Maryland, Baltimore Junior Association of Commerce, Mid-Shore Symphony Society and the Investment Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

In addition to wildfowl hunting, Mr. Sener enjoyed fishing and boating.

Mr. Sener was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Church Hill, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 19.

Surviving are his wife of 35 years, the former Jean Eisenbrandt Johnston; two sons, Joseph Ward Sener III of Lawrenceville, Ga., and John Ten Eyck Sener of Easton; a daughter, Betsy Sener Durham of Church Hill; two stepsons, Newman Johnston III of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Mark Dorney Johnston of Bozeman, Mont.; two brothers, Richard B. Sener of Chestertown and Robert N.H. Sener of West Hartford, Conn.; and three grandchildren. His first wife, the former Ann Clark Ten Eyck, died in 1967. A stepson, Leigh A. Johnston, died in 1981.

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