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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2013
Gordon M. Holland, a retired businessman and philanthropist, died Thursday of heart failure at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson. He was 93. Gordon Monroe Holland, whose father was president of the Holland Tack Co. and whose mother was a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and lived for 71 years in the Catonsville home his parents built near the corner of Edmondson Avenue and North Rolling Road. After graduating from Boys' Latin School in 1939, Mr. Holland earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1942 from the Johns Hopkins University.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Jon B. Singer, a successful Baltimore businessman who was active in Jewish philanthropic causes that ranged from helping those suffering from drug abuse to mentoring young men and women starting businesses, died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 31 at his Pikesville home. He was 71. "His compassion and generosity knew no bounds. Even though he ran several businesses and was a devoted family man, he always found time to help those who were in need," said Jerry Sutton, who was executive director of House of Hope, a Reisterstown Road recovery facility that Mr. Singer founded for Jewish men struggling to overcome drug addiction and substance abuse.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2013
Thomas E. "Jud" Judkins, a retired Baltimore businessman and veteran, died Thursday of complications from an infection at Stella Maris Hospice. The Timonium resident was 86. The son of a steamship executive and a homemaker, Thomas Edward Judkins was born in Houston and moved in 1941 with his family to Baltimore. He attended McDonogh School and Calvert Hall College High School, and left before graduation ceremonies to enlist in the Army Air Forces. "He later was presented his high school diploma while he was in the Air Force," said his wife of 32 years, the former Carol Hughes.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
David R. Millard, an oil company executive who was a co-founder of the Chesapeake Oil Co., died Aug. 15 at Stella Maris Hospice of cancer. He was 88. The son of Junius Samuel Millard, a pharmacist, and Marian Bentley Millard, girl's athletic director at Friends School, David Rockwell Millard was born in Baltimore and raised in the Armagh Village neighborhood of Baltimore County. Mr. Millard's paternal grandfather, David Rockwell Millard, was one of the pharmacists who founded the old Morgan & Millard Inc. pharmacy in the Roland Park Shopping Center, which is now the site of the Petit Louis Restaurant.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
Timothy B. Ruff, who was owner and president of Ruff Roofers Inc., which was known for its exacting craftsmanship, died Friday of undetermined causes at his Queenstown home. The former Catonsville resident was 53. "We are waiting for the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death," said a son, Robert C. Ruff of Federal Hill. Timothy Bruce Ruff was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville, where he graduated from Catonsville High School. He also attended Villa Julie College.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2011
An Eastern Shore businessman will pay a $75,000 fine to the state and either repay or waive more than $4 million due from consumers in a settlement agreement that concludes a mortgage-fraud investigation, Maryland regulators said Wednesday. The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation had earlier issued a cease-and-desist order to Frank J. Ward III of the Salisbury-based Money Centre for acting as an unlicensed lender and making misrepresentations with the intent to defraud borrowers, the agency said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
James C. Constable, a retired businessman and World War II veteran, died March 7 of heart failure at his Essex, Conn., home. He was 96. James Cheston Constable, the son of the founder of the Baltimore law firm Wright, Constable & Skeen and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. One of his ancestors, James Black Groome of Elkton, had been a U.S. senator and was governor of Maryland from 1874 to 1876. Mr. Constable, who was known as Cheston, attended Gilman School and graduated in 1935 from the old Tome School in Port Deposit.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2012
Richard Nash Jr., a retired businessman and avid boater, died Jan. 11 of pneumonia and heart failure at his winter home in Naples, Fla. The Towson resident was 82. The son of an IBM manager and a homemaker, Mr. Nash was born in Baltimore and raised on Roland Avenue. After graduating from Gilman School in 1947, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1951 from Princeton University, where he was a member of the Ivy Club. During the Korean War, Mr. Nash enlisted in the Navy and served as a flight deck officer aboard the carriers USS Oriskany and USS Princeton.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 10, 2011
Marshall Hyder Wentz, who owned and operated a vehicle leasing company for more than 40 years, died Nov. 4 of pneumonia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The longtime Towson resident was 95. Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Wentz graduated in 1933 from the old Charlotte Hall Military Academy in Leonardtown. In 1935, he established City Express, a Baltimore trucking company. Several years later, he founded Tri-State Vehicle Leasing and operated the business for the next four decades.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
Peter R. Godbout, owner of Dad's Delivery LLC in Baltimore, died Friday of heart failure at his Caton Avenue home. He was 62. Peter Robert Godbout was born in Washington and raised in Silver Spring. He was a 1969 graduate of Archbishop John Carroll High School in Northeast Washington, and attended the University of Maryland, College Park, before going into business. From 1971 to 2001, when he established Dad's Delivery LLC, he had had been president of World Wide Delivery in College Park.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Frederick J. "Jack" Beste, a retired businessman and World War II veteran, died Wednesday at Lorien Mays Chapel of complications from pneumonia. He was 88. The son of Frederick J. Beste Sr., a cemetery director, and Evelyn Bevans Beste, a homemaker, Frederick John Beste was born in Baltimore and raised on Rosalie Avenue in Hamilton. He graduated in 1943 from Polytechnic Institute and enlisted in the Army Air Forces, where he was a radar and mathematics instructor. After being discharged in 1947, he went to work as an instructor for the New York Technical Institute of Maryland and later became its director.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
The nightclub insurer promised to fight for its clients - its promotional material shows a man socked in the face with a boxing glove. But founder Jeffrey B. Cohen fights everything. He went after competitors, clients, former employees and even neighbors, filing dozens of lawsuits around the country. The Reisterstown man once sought a restraining order to keep a rival company from attending an adult industry convention. Now Cohen, 39, faces the biggest fight of his life - his company, Indemnity Insurance Corp., was seized by regulators, and federal agents said in court documents that he appears to have been plotting to attack a judge.
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June 12, 2014
Republican primary voters are blessed with the deepest field of candidates they've had for governor in a generation - four men who each bring compelling stories to their quests to replace Gov. Martin O'Malley. David Craig is the teacher turned legislator, mayor and county executive. Ron George is a one-time soap opera actor who is now a state delegate and (literally) a Main Street business owner. Larry Hogan is a former state cabinet secretary and son of the first Republican congressman to announce that he would vote to impeach Richard Nixon.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
Byron G. "Geoff" Tosi Jr. the semiretired president and CEO of Albre Marble Restoration Specialists Inc., died May 23 of complications from emphysema at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 70. The son of Byron G. Tosi, a wine and spirits importer, and Palmyna Albre Tosi, a patron of the arts, Byron Geoffrey Tosi was born in Boston and raised in that city's Chestnut Hill neighborhood. After graduating in 1962 from Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Conn., he earned a bachelor's degree in 1966 in business administration from Boston College, where he played ice hockey and was commissioned a lieutenant in the ROTC program.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Louis J. "Jack" Foudos, former owner of a cleaning and dyeing concern who played a pivotal role in the founding of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Parkville, died May 21 of complications from cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 77. The son of Louis Foudos, a Greek immigrant businessman, and Caroline Smith, a homemaker, Louis John Foudos was born in Baltimore and raised in Parkville. He attended McDonogh School and graduated in 1955 from Calvert Hall College High School.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
Myles R. McComas, a World War II veteran who was the founder and president of Carpet Land, died Friday of complications from a stroke at Manor Care Ruxton. He was 94. The son of Ross McComas and Florence McComas, Myles Ross McComas was born and raised on the family farm in Hampstead. "His formal education ended in the seventh grade at the Fifth District School. It was the Great Depression, and he had to go to work on the family farm," said his son, Michael C. McComas of Hereford.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2013
Henry K. Daly, a retired Howard County businessman and World War II pilot, died Monday of heart failure at Annondale, his Woodbine home. He was 93. The son of a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad accountant and a homemaker, Henry Kenneth Daly was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Pimlico neighborhood. A 1938 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces, where he was trained as a B-25 pilot. Mr. Daly was assigned to the China-Burma-India theater, where he flew missions over the treacherous Himalayas.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
Leonard A. Siems, founder of Siems Rental & Sales Co. Inc., a heavy construction equipment rental firm, died May 7 of a heart attack at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 86. "He enjoyed the equipment rental business and wanted to become a leader in the business. and became one," said Marvin W. Abbott, former president of Siems Rental & Sales Co. Inc. "He became one of the top leaders in the area. " The son of Leonard Arnold Augustus Siems, a banker who was vice chairman of the Suburban Trust Co., and Marie Wekenman Siems, a homemaker, Leonard Arnold Siems was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Enrique G. "Henry" Martinez, former owner and operator of a New York City import-export firm, died Friday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster. He was 90. The son of Hilario Martinez, a boxer, and Manola Serra Martinez, an actress, Enrique Guillermo Martinez was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he graduated from a local school. In his youth, he played rugby. Mr. Martinez studied architecture for a year in Buenos Aires.
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