Dawson Stump, a retired Baltimore insurance executive and Korean War veteran, died Wednesday of respiratory failure at his Owings Mills home. He was 86.
The son of Augustine Herman Stump, an insurance executive, and Priscilla Ridgley Dawson Penniman Stump, a homemaker, Dawson Stump was born in Baltimore and raised at Chattolanee Hill in Baltimore County.
He was a 1945 graduate of Gilman School and attended the University of Virginia from 1946 to 1947, when he was drafted into the Army.
Mr. Stump served with an artillery unit in Korea during the war. He was discharged in 1953 with the rank of lieutenant and declined to enter Officers' Candidate School so he could join his father's insurance brokerage business, Stump, Harvey & Co.
Throughout his more than four-decade career, Mr. Stump served as vice president, secretary and treasurer of the Baltimore insurance company. He retired in 1995.
He was an avid golfer and a member of the Wednesday Club, a group of golfers who met each Wednesday to play.
He was a past president and treasurer of the Maryland State Golf Association and was a former president of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association. He was also a member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club.
Mr. Stump had been married for 51 years to the former Sarah Price, who died in 2007.
He was a communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Owings Mills.
Private graveside services will be held at a family cemetery in Havre de Grace.
Mr. Stump is survived by his son, Jay Price Stump of Orlando, Fla. Another son, Dawson Stump Jr., died in 2010.