Albert J. Gardner, 91

Equitable Trust officer

December 14, 2007

Albert James Gardner Jr., a retired senior vice president of the old Equitable Trust Co., died of congestive heart failure Saturday at Howard County General Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 91.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1934 graduate of Forest Park High School. He studied at the Baltimore College of Commerce and the Johns Hopkins University and was a certified public accountant

Before joining Equitable Trust Co. in 1960, he was the Gunther Brewing Co.'s assistant vice president. He had been a director of the Jacinto Chemical Corp. and Fleischman Manufacturing Corp. Mr. Gardner was also a former controller of the Lansdowne Distillery. While at the bank, he supervised its use of automated systems in ledger records. He also was a director of Service Center Inc., a credit-card operation.

In 1971, after Equitable helped capitalize the startup firm Olson Research, Mr. Gardner became board chairman. After he retired from Equitable in late 1982, he joined Olson Research and sat on its board. He had also done part-time work.

He was a past chairman of the Maryland Division of the American Cancer Society. He also had been a director and president of the Baltimore chapter of the Financial Executives Institute and was a past president of the Ellicott City Kiwanis Club. He was also a director of the Friends Medical Science Research Center in Catonsville and was a member of the Robert H. Smith School of Business Foundation board at the University of Maryland from 1980 to 1995.

A Mason, Mr. Gardner was a 32nd-degree member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and a member of the Supreme Forest of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon.

He enjoyed traveling, photography, gardening, electronics and computers.

A memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, where he was a communicant and treasurer.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, the former Gladys Craig, and a daughter, Marjorie Gardner of Ellicott City.

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