Howard B. Mays Jr.

Interior and landscape designer

May 22, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Howard Brooks Mays Jr., a retired interior and landscape designer, died May 17 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. He was 63.

Mr. Mays, the son of a urologist and a registered nurse, was born in Baltimore and raised in Homeland.

He attended Park School and Forest Park High School. He worked briefly as a stockbroker before founding the Howard B. Mays Co., a construction company.

He later became a co-owner of Design Builders Ltd., which in addition to being a construction company, was also an interior and landscape design firm.

Mr. Mays, who lived in Joppa, retired in 1994 due to a back injury.

Mr. Mays maintained a lifelong interest in photography, which began when he was given his first camera, a Kodak Brownie, at age 8.

In addition to collecting antique cameras, Mr. Mays enjoyed photographing the flora and fauna found along the Gunpowder River.

He also enjoyed boating.

Mr. Mays was a communicant of St. Brigid Roman Catholic Church in Canton, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday.

Surviving are his wife of 22 years, the former Joy Schleicher; a stepson, Scott Marsh of Carney; a sister, Sally Mays Kutzer of Roland Park; and a granddaughter.

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