H. Norman Grieb II

Age 89: Realtor founded Kent, Queen Anne's Real Estate Board.

June 17, 2008

H. Norman Grieb II, a retired Chestertown Realtor, died Wednesday of complications from Parkinson's disease at Chester River Medical Center. He was 89.

Mr. Grieb was born in Eagles Mere, Pa., and raised in St. Davids, Pa. He was a 1936 graduate of William Penn Charter School and attended the University of Virginia.

He served in the Coast Guard and Army before being honorably discharged in 1943.

Mr. Grieb worked in sales for the Baldwin Electrical Co. and then established Farm Service Co., an electrical and plumbing contracting firm.

After his father's death in 1957, he took over operation of his father's firm, William Clarke Grieb Realty Co. in Chestertown, which he ran until retiring in 1988.

He was a founder and former president of the Kent and Queen Anne's Real Estate Board and the Kent County Board of Realtors.

Interested in civic affairs, Mr. Grieb was a director of the Chestertown Chamber of Commerce and served as president and secretary of the Chestertown Rotary Club.

He was a member of the county's public landings committee and also completed several terms as president of the Kent Conservation Society. Mr. Grieb served as president of the Kent County Historical Society and was the first president of the Kent Museum, which preserves Kent County's rural agricultural heritage.

He was scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 130 and served as captain of the local Sea Scout troop's vessel.

Mr. Grieb enjoyed sailing his 34-foot sloop, Cloud 10, and was a member of the Chester River Yacht and Country Club, Corsica River Yacht Club and the Rock Hall Yacht Club.

Mr. Grieb was a communicant of Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestertown.

Services are private.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Lillian "Billie" Ballard; two sons, Henry Norman "Terry" Grieb III of Hollis, N.H., and Robert Grieb of Medford, N.J.; two daughters, Elizabeth "Billie" Grieb of Ruxton and Anne Katherine Grieb of Alexandria, Va.; and four grandchildren.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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