Roger A. Antaya Sr., coach, insurance agent

October 29, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Roger A. Antaya Sr., a retired general insurance agent who had been a football coach, died of cancer Oct. 22 at his Timonium home. He was 87.

Mr. Antaya was born and raised in Gardner, Mass. He was a 1939 graduate of Gardner High School and graduated in 1940 from Worcester Academy, where he had been an outstanding football player.

Mr. Antaya continued playing the sport at Dartmouth College, from which he earned a bachelor's degree in 1944.

He was drafted by the National Football League's old Boston Yanks but declined, family members said.

While teaching and coaching at Peekskill Military Academy and Eastern Military Academy, he earned a master's degree from Columbia University.

During the 1950s, he was named assistant football coach at Georgetown University. He later was drafted by the Air Force to coach football at Bolling Field.

Mr. Antaya later became assistant football coach at West Point. He left coaching in the late 1950s after one of his sons was diagnosed with polio. He and his family moved to Atlanta so his son could be treated at the Warm Springs, Ga., facility.

In 1957, he went to work for the New England Life Insurance Co., now a part of Metropolitan Insurance Co., and held positions in Atlanta, Washington, New York and Connecticut before settling in Baltimore in 1962.

At his 2002 retirement, he was general agent for the Baltimore region.

His wife of 58 years, the former Elizabeth Schott, died in 2003.

Services were Monday.

Surviving are two sons, Roger A. Antaya Jr. of Lund, Sweden, and Douglas M. Antaya of Duxbury, Mass., a daughter, Susan A. Oslund of Towson; and five grandchildren.

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