An affable man who enjoyed a wide circle of friends and a good time, Mr. Stieff was an entertaining storyteller.

"When I heard that Chas had died, my first thought was that he was a gentleman to the core. He was well-spoken and kind and would not have hurt a fly," said Charles O. Culver, a friend of more than 60 years and a retired Philadelphia advertising executive.

"He loved to tell the story of going to a fundraising dinner for the Newport Preservation Society," said a son, Charles C. Stieff III of Ruxton. "There he met David Rockefeller, who borrowed $25 from him to buy a raffle ticket for a Ford car, as he had no cash. He gave my father a check, which was not cashed for quite some time."

Mr. Stieff had been president of the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland, Florence Crittenton Services of Baltimore, the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, the Baltimore Independent School Scholarship Fund, and the Boys' Latin School board of trustees.

Mr. Stieff enjoyed spending summers at a family home in Weekapaug, R.I., where he liked to sail.

Mr. Stieff had been a resident of Roland Park and the Charlesbrooke neighborhood of Baltimore County. He had lived at Broadmead since 2000.

He was a member and past elder of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church and a member of the Baltimore Country Club.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 8 at Broadmead, 13801 York Road, Cockeysville.

In addition to his wife, son and brother, Mr. Stieff is survived by another son, James W. Stieff of Roland Park; two daughters, Priscilla C. "Rusty" Stieff of Boston and Susanna U. Stieff of New York City; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com