John M.T. Finney III, 85

Blue Cross executive, veteran, active in Boy Scouts

March 23, 2007

John M.T. Finney III, a retired Blue Cross and Blue Shield executive who had been active in Boy Scouts, died Sunday of pneumonia at the College Manor nursing home in Lutherville. The former longtime Roland Park resident was 85.

Mr. Finney was born in Baltimore and raised on Circle Road in Ruxton. He was the son of Dr. John M.T. Finney Jr., a noted Baltimore surgeon who was a founder of Union Memorial Hospital. He was a 1942 graduate of McDonogh School and attended Princeton University.

In 1943, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and fought in the invasion of Okinawa.

After working at General Electric Co. in Baltimore, Mr. Finney went to work in 1952 for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maryland, where he became executive vice president.

After retiring in the mid-1990s, he moved to Atlanta, where he worked for five years helping to formulate an HMO program for the state of Georgia.

During the 1960s, Mr. Finney was an executive board member and district chairman for the Baltimore Area Council of Boy Scouts of America.

Mr. Finney's work with the Boy Scouts earned him many honors, including the Silver Beaver Award.

He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and had recently celebrated 49 years of sobriety.

He was a former member of the Elkridge Club and the Bachelors Cotillon.

An avid hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed spending summers in Chester, Nova Scotia. He also was an accomplished carver of wooden ducks, bears and birds.

Services are private.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Corinna "Bunny" Crawford; two sons, John M.T. Finney IV of Monkton and William C. Finney of Ocala, Fla.; a daughter, Susan F. McNeely of Charlottesville, Va.; a brother, Alexander M. Finney of Heckman's Island, Nova Scotia; a sister, Virginia F. Rose of Rocky Mount, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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