John Donald Stees, Security Expert

November 11, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

John Donald "Donnie" Stees, a former security expert and longtime Glencoe resident, died Saturday of kidney failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 78.

Mr. Stees was born in Baltimore and raised on Seminary Avenue in Lutherville. His father was John Stees, the noted longtime Sun and Evening Sun cartoonist, who died in 1982.

After graduating from Towson High School in 1949, he attended the universities of Maryland, Baltimore and Delaware, where he studied police management and administration.

While serving in the Army Intelligence Corps, Mr. Stees took specialized courses at the Bureau of Narcotics, the Defense Industrial Security Institute and the U.S. Army Military Police School.

After serving in the Army, he joined the Baltimore County Police Department, where he was assigned as a patrolman to the Cockeysville precinct.

In 1959, he went to work for Bendix Field Engineering and Commercial Services, where he managed a worldwide protection and security program.

He also held positions as security and safety director for the old Hecht Co. and had been an instructor at the Baltimore County police academy.

In addition to his work at Bendix, Mr. Stees was appointed supervisor of security for Kennecott Refining Corp. in 1975, and retired from Allied Signal, successor company to Bendix, in the early 1990s.

An avid horseman, Mr. Stees enjoyed fox hunting and had been a patrol judge for My Lady's Manor point-to-point race. He also was a Civil War buff and a member of the Sons of the Confederacy.

Services are private.

Surviving are his wife of 33 years, the former Patricia Daley; two daughters, Ashley Stees and Laura Stees Pickett, both of Monkton; a stepson, Jonathan Roen of Bozeman, Mont.; a stepdaughter, Melissa Timmerman of Georgetown, S.C.; a grandson; two step-grandsons; and a step-great-granddaughter. An earlier marriage to Anne Cooper ended in divorce.

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