Lori P. Spencer, 47

Bank executive

April 19, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Lori P. Spencer, a former Mercantile Bank executive and longtime Baldwin resident, died of breast cancer April 10 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 47.

Lori Peddy was born in Baltimore and raised on Tally Ho Road in Lutherville. Her father, LeRoy Peddy, was a co-founder of the popular and now-closed Green Spring Inn on Falls Road.

Mrs. Spencer was a 1979 graduate of Friends School, where she had been an outstanding athlete and lettered in basketball, field hockey and lacrosse.

She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1983 from Roanoke College, where she had been co-captain of the women's lacrosse team in her senior year.

Mrs. Spencer began her 17-year banking career at Mercantile in 1983. She was a manager in the bank's risk-management group and played an instrumental role in supporting commercial lending groups, family members said.

Later in her career, she worked with the bank's building and investment trust, underwriting potential real estate acquisitions for trust company clients.

After the birth of her daughter, Mrs. Spencer took a leave of absence before deciding to become a stay-at-home mother.

In 2003, Mrs. Spencer was diagnosed with the breast cancer that eventually took her life.

During her illness, Mrs. Spencer participated in breast cancer research at Johns Hopkins Hospital and, at her death, was a tissue donor.

She participated in Avon Breast Cancer Crusade walks.

After a generous donation to the Johns Hopkins Breast Cancer Research Program, her physician, Dr. John H. Fetting, associate professor of oncology, wrote her a letter.

"It has been my great privilege and pleasure to be your doctor," he wrote.

"I admire so very much the way you have fought this breast cancer. You have given your all to the fight: spirit, mind and body," Dr. Fetting wrote in the letter. "No one can ever doubt that you did everything possible to fight this fight. You held nothing back."

He added: "You have not only fought your own fight, but have fought for others and inspired others to fight as well."

Mrs. Spencer enjoyed coaching youth lacrosse for northern Baltimore County recreation leagues and spending summers in Bethany Beach, Del.

She was a communicant of St. James Episcopal Church, 3100 Monkton Road, My Lady's Manor, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today.

Surviving are her husband of 16 years, William Christopher Spencer, a blues musician; her daughter, Adele Marie Spencer, 7; and a sister, Lynn Peddy Wailes of Andover, Mass.

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