Paul Edwards Harper

A Baltimore businessman and golfer

April 09, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Paul Edwards Harper, a former banker who later worked in commercial real estate, died Saturday of arrhythmia at his Timonium home. He was 59.

Mr. Harper was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. After graduating from Gilman School in 1968, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1972 in international relations from Brown University.

Two years later, he earned a master's degree in business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

From 1975 until 1976, he worked as a portfolio manager for Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Co., when he was promoted to vice president of corporate financial services.

In 1981, he joined CRI Inc. and CRI Ventures, where he was executive vice president and chief financial officer for eight years.

He was a business consultant for a year before joining Resolution Trust Co. From 1994 to 1999, he was chief financial officer for Grotech's privately held companies.

Mr. Harper later worked in commercial real estate from 2005 to 2006 for Coldwell Banker. Since 2006, he had been employed by AGM Commercial Real Estate.

He was a lacrosse, tennis and paddle tennis fan, and was a member of the Baltimore Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing.

Mr. Harper also liked spending time at a family cabin in Eagles Mere, Pa., in the Endless Mountains.

He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in Timonium.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

Surviving are his son, Justin S. Harper of Atlanta; a daughter, Allison Lynn "Alli" Harper of Timonium; two sisters, Cornelia Edwards Harper of Baltimore and Eugenia Barker Harper-Jones of Silver Spring; and two nieces. His marriage to the former Sandra Strouss ended in divorce.

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