Wiley M. Baxter III, businessman, wildfowl carver

January 14, 2009|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Wiley McPherson Baxter III, a retired Baltimore businessman and wildfowl carver, died of cancer Thursday at Roland Park Place. He was 82.

Mr. Baxter was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. He left Gilman School in 1943 to enlist in the Navy.

Mr. Baxter served as a signalman aboard the destroyer USS Barton in the Pacific.

After the war, Mr. Baxter earned his General Educational Development certificate and went to work for the Baxter Paper Co., a family-owned business that had been established by his grandfather.

In the 1970s, the business he headed was acquired by another wholesale paper company, and he went to work as a stockbroker and real estate agent until retiring some years ago.

Mr. Baxter was an accomplished wildfowl carver and participated in the annual Ward Museum's World Wildfowl Carving and Championship, which is held in Salisbury.

He was a member of Mount Washington Presbyterian Church.

Services are private.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Catherine Miles; two sons, Miles Baxter of Monkton and Taylor Baxter of Adelphi; a sister, Cary Baxter Beehler of Towson; and a granddaughter.

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