James Krometis, 84

Financial planner

April 26, 2007

James Krometis, a retired insurance broker and financial planner, died of an apparent heart attack Thursday at Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. He was 84.

Born in Zanesville, Ohio, he moved to Baltimore's Forest Park as a child and was a 1940 graduate of City College. He served in the Philippines during World War II as an Army code breaker.

He attended the Johns Hopkins University and Loyola College, then briefly owned a restaurant before joining New England Mutual. He subsequently worked for Bankers Life, later Principal Financial Group. He was a chartered underwriter and financial planner.

In 1986, he was given the George S. Robertson Award for "outstanding accomplishment and service in the best interest of the insurance industry." He was the 1966 president of Baltimore Life Underwriters.

Mr. Krometis was a member of the Wine and Food Society of Maryland.

"He was a discriminating lover of gourmet food and a connoisseur of wines, which he enjoyed greatly but in moderation always," said Evan A. Chriss, a lifelong friend.

Services were held Monday at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, where he was a member and had been chairman of its Chapel of Holy Wisdom.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Angela Nicholson; a son, Evan J. Krometis of Lutherville; a sister, Mary Constantine of Towson; and two grandsons.

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