Arthur J. Gutman, a retired insurance broker and former H.L. Mencken Society president, died of respiratory failure Nov. 27 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The former North Baltimore resident was 101.
Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Adolph B. Gutman and Beulah Rosenblatt, an insurance broker. He later worked with his mother.
Mr. Gutman was a 1928 City College graduate and earned a law degree at the University of Baltimore.
During World War II, he served in the Army's Air Corps in Europe. He left military service as a staff sergeant and later served in the Reserves.
In a 1942 letter to The Sun that he wrote while stationed in the Middle East, he said: "Give my regards to Charles Street, Say hello to Mt. Vernon Square, Tell all the gang at the Belvedere, That I'll be there (for the '43 Preakness)."
Mr. Gutman was a vice president of the Warfield-Dorsey insurance agency. According to an autobiographical sketch, he was involved in the industry from 1931 until his 1977 retirement.
A collector of old maps, prints and books related to Maryland, Mr. Gutman made donations to the Baltimore Museum of Art, Talbot County Free Library and the University of Maryland, College Park. He served as the Mencken Society's president from 1979 to 1999. He was also a patron of the Walters Art Museum and the Maryland Historical Society.
A 1993 Sun article discussed his print collection: "Among his favorites is an 1852 view of the frozen Susquehanna River showing railroad cars being pulled by mules and passengers transported by sleigh," the news report said. "A look through the Gutman print collection is a study in the development of 19th-century Baltimore."
He was a member of Oheb Shalom Congregation.
Services were held Nov. 28 at Oheb Shalom Congregation Cemetery.
His wife of 39 years, the former Mary Louise Fleischmann, who collected ceramics, died in 2007.
Survivors include a stepson, Philip E. Sachs of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Marcy A. Sparrow of Baton Rouge, La.; and four step-grandchildren.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun