James A. Hooper, 97

Bank executive

June 19, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

James A. Hooper, a retired Mercantile Bank executive, died of complications from an infection Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 97 and had lived in Ruxton for many years.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Washington, he was a 1930 Polytechnic Institute graduate.

He attended the Johns Hopkins University before receiving his law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1942.

He volunteered to serve in the Marine Corps during World War II.

He was stationed at Okinawa and left the service as a first lieutenant.

He spent 44 years working for the old Safe Deposit and Trust Co. on South Street and its successor, the old Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co.

At his 1976 retirement. he was a senior vice president and headed its estate planning department.

He was a past treasurer of what is now the United Way of Central Maryland.

Mr. Hooper was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, where he had been a vestry member and treasurer.

He moved to the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville 14 years ago and belonged to bridge groups.

"Most of all he was a devoted family man and was never happier than when surrounded by his daughters and their children," said a daughter, Ellen Mullan of Sparks.

"The family had multigenerational vacations at Ocean City, Cape May, N.J., and the Outer Banks," Ms. Mullan said. "Pop would always have grandchildren and great-grandchildren clamoring to play games with him."

Mr. Hooper donated his body to the Anatomy Board. No services will be held.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 72 years, the former Edythe Barnhart; two other daughters, Holly Struven of Houston and Susan Hogge of Wheaton, Ill.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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