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David R. Millard, businessman

He was an oil company executive and co-founder of the Chesapeake Oil Co.

By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

4:45 PM EDT, August 22, 2014

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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.

During the War of 1812, the house of his great-great grandfather, Caleb Bentley, a pacifist who was postmaster of Brookeville, became the temporary White House for President James Madison and his staff the evening of Aug. 31, 1814, after the British burned Washington.

"In recognition of this important event, the Millard family donated the chair in which President Madison sat to the White House in 1962 during Jackie Kennedy's refurbishing of the White House," said a son, Patrick J. Millard of Baltimore.

After graduating from Friends School in 1944, Mr. Millard enlisted in the Army and served with occupation forces in Munich, Germany.

Discharged from the Army in 1946, he attended the University of Maryland on a lacrosse scholarship. While at College Park, he met and fell in love with the former Jane Denmead Roche, whom he married in 1948. She died in 1997.

In the early 1950s, he worked as a salesman for the Hoffberger Oil Co. before co-founding Chesapeake Oil Co., where he was vice president in 1956.

In 1985, the company was sold to Marex Corp. Mr. Millard remained there as sales manager until retiring in 1990.

A longtime Lutherville resident, Mr. Millard was an avid golfer, tennis player and sailor. He owned a succession of sailboats, which he named The Lady Jane in honor of his wife.

"He was an enthusiastic sailor and we enjoyed racing on the Chesapeake for many years," said his son.

He was a member of the Baltimore Yacht Club and the Roland Run Club.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Stony Run Friends Meeting House, 5116 N. Charles St.

In addition to his son, Mr. Millard is survived by three other sons, Christopher G. Millard and John R. Millard, both of Baltimore, and David R. Millard Jr. of Alexandria, Va.; four daughters, Janet M. LoMedico of Towson, Mary M. Taylor of Salisbury, Nancy M. Gill of Timonium and Elizabeth M. Thorsten of Cherry Grove, S.C.; 23 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com