George H. Bacot Jr., glass firm executive

March 04, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

George H. Bacot Jr., a retired glass company vice president who was an avid ballroom dancer and golfer, died Monday of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 83.

Mr. Bacot was born and raised in Baltimore. He attended McDonogh School and graduated in 1943 from St. James Academy in Hagerstown.

From 1943 to 1947, he was stationed at Patuxent Naval Air Station, where he was an air cadet.

After earning a degree from the Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Bacot went to work for Armco Steel Corp., where he rose to become district sales manager. From 1950 to 1954, he worked at the company's headquarters in Middletown, Ohio.

Mr. Bacot, who had lived on Trafalgar Road in West Towson, moved to Roland Park in 1964.

In 1978, he went to work as vice president and general manager of the Virginia Glass Co. in Charlottesville, Va.

After he retired from the company in 2004, he and his wife moved to the Pickersgill retirement community in West Towson, where he served as president of the residents association. He was vice president of the association at the time of his death.

An accomplished ballroom dancer, Mr. Bacot and his wife of 63 years, the former Esther Murray, had been Arthur Murray dance instructors.

He also enjoyed duckpin bowling and playing golf. He was a former member of the Baltimore Country Club.

Mr. Bacot was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today in the church's chapel.

Also surviving are a son, John G.M. Bacot of Severna Park; a daughter, Barbara M. Bacot Leahy of Richmond, Va.; and four grandchildren. Another son, George H. Bacot III, died in 2006.

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