Louis P. Mathews Sr., bank executive

November 04, 2008|By JACQUES KELLY

Louis P. Mathews Sr., a retired Equitable Trust Co. senior vice president, died of cancer Friday at his home in Stuart, Fla. The former Riderwood resident was 79.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Homeland, he was a 1947 graduate of Gilman School, where he played basketball and baseball. He earned a degree at Princeton University, where he was a lacrosse team member. He served in the Maryland National Guard.

Mr. Mathews began work as a teller at the old Equitable Trust Co. in 1950 and later headed the bank's consumer lending department. He founded the bank's private banking department.

Mr. Mathews was named one of the original commissioners of the Maryland Home Improvement Commission, where he served 17 years. He was also on the board of the Better Business Bureau and led a corporate campaign for United Way of Central Maryland.

A past president of L'Hirondelle Club, Mr. Mathews played tennis, golf and bridge. He spent many summers at Cape May, N.J., and enjoyed games of quoits on the beach.

Mr. Mathews was a member of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Washington.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Lee Symington; a son, Louis P. Mathews Jr. of Towson; two daughters, Elizabeth Dorsey Mathews of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Katherine Mathews Honaker of Richmond, Va.; a brother, Henry Burke Mathews of Ruxton; a sister, Katherine M. Walker of Towson; and five grandchildren.

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