Douglas F. Pollard, Legg Mason executive, dies

He enjoyed flying and had owned a company that built airport hangars

  • Douglas Pollard
Douglas Pollard
April 28, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Douglas F. Pollard, a retired Legg Mason senior vice president who enjoyed flying, died April 16 of heart failure at Keswick Multi-Care Center.

The longtime Glyndon resident was 68.

Mr. Pollard was born and raised in Hagerstown, where he graduated in 1961 from St. James School. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1965 from the University of Virginia and began his Wall Street career at Kidder Peabody & Co. in New York City, and later Philadelphia.

He moved to Baltimore in 1966, and 11 years later was promoted to vice president at Kidder Peabody.

He began his more than two-decade career in 1978 at Legg Mason, where he established the municipal bond department. At the time of his retirement in 2001, he was senior vice president.

He was a former president of the Municipal Bond Club of Baltimore and had been a member during the late 1960s and early 1970s of the Maryland National Guard.

Mr. Pollard, who earned his pilot's license in 1986 and then purchased a Piper Turbo Arrow airplane, continued his business career when he and his partner, Peter Welles, founded DMW Hangars.

The company, which built aircraft hangars, constructed 41 hangars at Carroll County Regional Airport, family members said.

"Doug liked taking flying day trips," said his wife of 45 years, the former Frances Davis.

Mr. Pollard, who enjoyed spending time at a family summer cottage that dated to the early 1900s in Mountain Lake Park, Garrett County, was a past president of the Mountain Lake Park Tennis Club.

Mr. Pollard, who enjoyed making furniture, also restored a 1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible.

He was a deer hunter and enjoyed walking in the woods. He also liked attending Ravens games.

In addition to vacationing at Mountain Lake Park, he also spent time at a condominium in Bethany Beach, Del. His club memberships included the L'Hirondelle Club in Ruxton and the Center Club.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1401 Carrollton Ave., Ruxton.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Pollard is survived by a son, Kell D. Pollard of Lexington, Ky.; a daughter, Elizabeth P. Mitchell of Campbell Hall, N.Y.; a brother, W. Weir Pollard III of Hagerstown; and five grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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