George DeWitt Finster Jr.

Professional musician and World War II veteran

March 31, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

George DeWitt Finster Jr., a professional trumpet player and World War II Navy veteran, died Thursday of complications from an infection at his Severna Park home. He was 88.

The son of a professional pianist who was a member of the pit orchestra at the Hippodrome Theatre and a homemaker, Mr. Finster was born in Washington and raised on Chestnut Hill Avenue near the old Baltimore Municipal Stadium.

After graduating in 1939 from City College, he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the battleship USS California in the Pacific.

After the war ended, he remained in the Navy and played trumpet as a member of the Naval Academy Band until retiring in the 1960s.

Mr. Finster continued working at the Naval Academy as a civilian employee in data processing until retiring in the mid-1970s.

Mr. Finster, who also played professionally throughout the Baltimore area, was a member of the Musicians Association of Metropolitan Baltimore.

He was fond of listening to and playing jazz. He was also a Ravens and Orioles fan, and had been a Baltimore Colts fan.

Mr. Finster was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park.

His wife of 41 years, the former Dorothy T. Niedzwick, died in 1993.

Services were held Monday at Barranco & Sons Funeral Home.

Surviving are a son, John DeWitt Finster of Severna Park; and two daughters, Kathleen Finster McKay of Laurel and Susan Marie Finster of Annapolis.

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