February 6, 2009
E. Baltimore developer Shannon to step down East Baltimore Development Inc., the private nonprofit group heading a large urban renewal project just north of Johns Hopkins Hospital, said its president and chief executive, John T. "Jack" Shannon Jr., will step down April 30. Shannon has led the group since its creation in 2003. EBDI is transforming more than 100 acres of the Middle East neighborhood into a biotechnology park, housing, shops and offices. EBDI, in a partnership with developer Forest City Enterprises, has completed a biotech building and two apartment buildings and has embarked on a housing rehab project.
February 3, 2009
Robert M. Cheston Sr., a retired banker and longtime Roland Park resident, died of respiratory failure Jan. 27 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 87. Mr. Cheston was born and raised in Philadelphia. He attended William Penn Charter School and graduated in 1939 from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. He attended the University of Virginia until the outbreak of World War II, when he enlisted in the Navy. Specializing in naval radio intelligence, Mr. Cheston held posts in Washington and the Aleutian Islands, where he read Japanese and German codes.
April 23, 2008
Advertising *MGH announced the appointments of Lauren Hoffman to junior copywriter, Marilyn Korzybski as a proofreader and Peter Milkman to Web developer for the Owings Mills-based marketing communications agency. Banking and finance *The Patapsco Bank appointed William C. Wiedel Jr. as senior vice president and chief financial officer. He formerly was with Provident Bank of Maryland. *BCSB Bancorp Inc. selected George Engle as vice president/audit manager for Baltimore County Savings Bank.
February 1, 2008
Marion A. Backof, a retired bank supervisor and former Highlandtown and Dundalk resident, died Saturday of cancer at a Pensacola, Fla., hospice. She was 93. Marion Geiger was born and raised in Baltimore and attended city public schools. She was married in 1941 to Joseph Backof, an accountant, and together the couple owned and operated Backof's, a confectionary store at Eden Street and Fait Avenue, from 1948 to 1961. After her husband's death in 1964, she went to work as a bank teller at the Eastern Avenue branch of the old St. James Savings Bank.
September 21, 2007
Former Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele is joining the board of HarVest Bank of Maryland, a locally owned commercial bank. This is Steele's first corporate board commitment. Steele, who ran unsuccessfully last year for Maryland's open U.S. Senate seat, is chairman of GOPAC, the Republican political action committee that recruits and trains candidates for office. He is also a partner in LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP, a Washington law firm. "We are honored and fortunate to have Michael join our team at HarVest Bank of Maryland," said Jack Hollerbach, president and CEO of the financial institution.
August 16, 2006
E. A. "Dean" Docken Jr., a bank executive and avid golfer, died of a heart attack Thursday at his Hunt Valley home. He was 50. Mr. Docken was born in Heidelberg, Germany, the son of a career Army officer, and raised there and in Kentucky, Texas and Maryland, said his wife of 10 years, the former Susan Baker. Mr. Docken was a 1974 graduate of Bel Air High School and earned a bachelor's degree in political science and history in 1979 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he played lacrosse, rowed crew and was an active member of Delta Upsilon fraternity.