Edwin Rumsey 'Tony' Anthony III


  • Edwin Rumsey "Tony" Anthony III
Edwin Rumsey "Tony" Anthony III
March 10, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Edwin Rumsey "Tony" Anthony III, vice president of corporate affairs and member relations at the Edison Electric Institute in Washington, died Saturday of a heart attack at his Ellicott City home.

He was 63.

Mr. Anthony was born in Washington and raised in Bethesda. After graduating in 1965 from Walter Johnson High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in 1969.

Mr. Anthony began his business career in 1969 as editor of Potomac Electric Power Co.'s company magazine, and from 1971 to 1973, was manager of Pepco's employee communications.

He was director of media relations for Pepco from 1974 to 1976, when he was named director of media relations for the National Coal Association.

In 1984, he joined the Edison Electric Institute, a trade association of investor-owned electric utilities that is headquartered in Washington, as director of public information.

From 1989 until his death, Mr. Anthony was vice president of corporate affairs and member relations.

Mr. Anthony's primary role with EEI was organizing the association's major meetings and conferences and meeting the various needs of the electric utility members across the nation.

"Tony was such a genuine person. He embraced life and approached it with passion and joy," said Tom Kuhn, EEI president. "He has been a major member of the EEI family for almost three decades, and we have been honored with every minute of it."

"Tony had charge of the meetings, conventions, wounded nerves and sometimes inflated egos," said John W. Rowe, former EEI chairman, who is now CEO of Exelon Corp. in Chicago. "He tended to all with patience, humor and unfailing charm. All of us will miss him, we former chairs among the most."

He attended services and Bible study classes at Capitol Hill Baptist Church.

He was a world traveler and enjoyed fishing and photography.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday at his church, 525 A St., N.E., in Washington.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, the former Julie Jackson; a son, Michael Anthony of New York City; three daughters, Cary Cooper of Cockeysville, Melissa Matson of Cary, N.C., and Jennifer Jones of Waxhaw, N.C.; and six grandchildren.


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