Theodore Chandlee, 82

Real estate executive

November 15, 2006

Theodore M. Chandlee Jr., former president and chief executive of a Baltimore real estate company and community activist, died from internal bleeding Friday at Union Memorial Hospital. The Roland Park Place retirement community resident was 82.

Mr. Chandlee was born in Baltimore and raised on Northfield Place in Roland Park. He was a 1941 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and left Lehigh University to enlist in the Navy.

Trained as a naval aviator, he was awaiting assignment to an aircraft carrier when the war ended. He resumed his college studies at the Johns Hopkins University.

He was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict and was a chemical warfare instructor at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla.

In 1953, he returned to Baltimore and joined the old Weaver Bros. Mortgage Banking Co. In 1962, he went to work for the Charles H. Steffey Co., and six years later was promoted to executive vice president.

He was named president and CEO of the real estate company in 1971, and remained in that position until the late 1980s when it was merged with O'Conor, Piper & Flynn.

Mr. Chandlee was a member and former president of the Health and Welfare Council of Central Maryland, a member from 1989 to 1993 of the Attorney Grievance Commission, and former board member of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association.

He had served as vice chairman of the board of Union Memorial Hospital and was a member and chairman of the board of the Baltimore Museum of Industry from 1988 to 1992.

Mr. Chandlee enjoyed tennis and photography and was known for his annual Christmas cards that featured photographs he had taken of winter scenes.

He was a former resident of Winthrop House condominiums on North Charles Street, and was a member of the Johns Hopkins Club and L'Hirondelle Club.

He was a communicant of St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 2.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Frances Michaels; two daughters, Linda M. Chandlee of Washington and Robin A. Chandlee of Towson; and two grandchildren.

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