Joseph D. Minutilli, CEO of financial firm

February 17, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Joseph D. Minutilli, former president and chief executive officer of Commercial Credit Co. who spent nearly three decades restoring the home of the founder and developer of Roland Park, died Saturday of cancer at a nursing home in Mifflintown, Pa. He was 81.

Mr. Minutilli was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from Columbus Central High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1951 from Ohio Wesleyan University. He also earned a master's degree in advanced financial management from Northeastern University.

Mr. Minutilli began his career with Commercial Credit Co., now CitiFinancial, as a field representative in 1951 in Columbus. After advancing through various management positions, he moved to Baltimore in 1964 to direct the company's consumer division electronic data processing operation.

In 1975, he was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Commercial Credit, and four years later president and chief operating officer of the Baltimore finance and insurance company.

After retiring in 1987, he remained on the company's board until 1993.

He also had served on the boards of Roland Park Country School, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Goodwill Industries and the American Red Cross.

During his years in Baltimore, Mr. Minutilli lived at Rusty Rocks, the former Club Road home of Edward H. Bouton, the founder and developer of Roland Park.

"He spent 27 years restoring the house and gardens of Rusty Rocks," said longtime friend Elizabeth R. "Libby" Murphy, who lives in Cross Keys.

She said that Mr. Minutilli, who was a member of the Italian Food and Wine Advocacy, enjoyed holding the organization's gourmet dinners at Rusty Rocks.

Mr. Minutilli also owned Stoney End Farm in Port Royal, Pa., where he had lived since 1997.

He restored a historic home in Lewistown, Pa., in which he installed and operated Kirby's Restaurant from 1983 to 1997.

A baseball and football fan, Mr. Minutilli was also an avid collector of antiques and enjoyed playing bridge.

He was a member of Port Royal United Methodist Church, Fifth and Market streets, Port Royal, Pa., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Surviving are four nephews and a niece.

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