Thomas F. Cadwalader Jr.

[ Age 94] The insurance agent was wounded in the D-Day invasion.

September 23, 2007|By Doug Donovan | Doug Donovan,Sun reporter

Thomas F. Cadwalader Jr., an insurance agent and World War II veteran wounded in the D-Day invasion of France, died Monday of prostate cancer at Joseph Richey House in Baltimore.

The former Tuxedo Park resident was 94.

Mr. Cadwalader was born in 1912 at a West Mount Royal Avenue home to parents who traced their lineage to a Declaration of Independence signer and a Revolutionary War general.

"He was a very modest man, and a man of the utmost integrity. A very loyal friend," said his wife of 61 years, the former Phyllis Jane "Jonnie" Clegg Norrie.

Mr. Cadwalader grew up mostly at the family's second home in Harford County, graduated from Gilman Country School in 1930 and earned a bachelor's degree in 1934 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also played lacrosse.

An experienced horseman, Mr. Cadwalader enlisted in the Maryland National Guard's 110th Field Artillery regiment and quickly landed an insurance agent job with Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company.

He entered active duty in February 1941 and served in Europe from October 1942 until September 1945 with the 110th Field Artillery Battalion of the 29th Division.

While riding a train to London on leave on Nov. 28, 1943, Mr. Cadwalader struck up a conversation with the woman who would later become his wife. The two agreed to write. They wrote for two years and were married in his wife's hometown of Jersey on the Channel Islands in January 1946.

When he landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, Mr. Cadwalader was serving as an artillery liaison officer with the second battalion of the 115th Infantry. While directing artillery fire from high in a tree the next day, a German sniper shot him in both hands. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

After he recovered, Mr. Cadwalader rejoined the 110th Battalion and was discharged as a captain on Dec. 19, 1945. He retired from the Maryland National Guard as a colonel in 1958. He worked as an insurance agent until his retirement in 1972.

Throughout his life, Mr. Cadwalader was active in charitable organizations. He was on the boards of The Benevolent Society of the City and County of Baltimore and St. Paul's School for Girls. In addition, he was a founding member of St. Stephen's Traditional Episcopal Church.

Mr. Cadwalader remained active later in life by playing tennis, winning medals in the sport during the 1999 Senior Olympics.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Stephen's Traditional Episcopal Church in Timonium.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother, Benjamin R. Cadwalader of Gibson Island; a son, Robert Norrie Cadwalader, of Linthicum Heights; daughters Elizabeth Jane Cadwalader of Baltimore and Sophia Francis Hayes of West Chester, Pa., and Joppa; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

doug.donovan@baltsun.com

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