James A. Gary III, 81

Enoch Pratt trustee

February 03, 2007

James Albert Gary III, a retired trust officer and longtime trustee of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, died Tuesday of Parkinson's disease at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. The former Roland Park resident was 81.

Mr. Gary was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. He was the grandson of James Albert Gary, a Baltimore businessman who served as U.S. postmaster general from 1897 to 1898 during the administration of President William McKinley.

He was a 1943 graduate of Gilman School and earned a bachelor's degree in marine engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

After attaining the rank of lieutenant during active duty in the Coast Guard in the late 1940s, he graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1951.

Mr. Gary worked for 33 years as a lawyer and trust officer for Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co., retiring in 1984.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Gary, like his father, served as a member and for a time president of the board of the Pratt library.

An avid sailor for more than 30 years, Mr. Gary explored the Chesapeake Bay aboard his sailboat Faith.

He was an active member of the Potapskut Sailing Association.

He was a member of the Bachelors Cotillon and Sons of the American Revolution.

Mr. Gary was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where services were held yesterday.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Alice Wainwright; a son, James Albert Gary IV of Lutherville; two daughters, Alice Melyn Gary of Timonium and Ann Keyser Gary of Upton, Mass.; a sister, Caroline Gary Ober of Towson; and three grandchildren.

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