Fred M. Gloth Jr.

Fred M. Gloth Jr.

Fred M. Gloth Jr., a retired lawyer who enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, died June 15 of a cardiac arrest at his Finksburg home.

He was 86.

The son of a businessman and a homemaker, Fred Michael Gloth Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Relay. He was a graduate of Baltimore County public schools.

During World War II, he served with the Air Force as a pilot in the European Theater.

After earning his law degree from the University of Baltimore, Mr. Gloth worked for more than 40 years as vice president of the legal department and general counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland.

He retired in the early 1990s.

Mr. Gloth was a self-taught sailor and earned the nickname of "Cap."

"One day he was in Annapolis on business and he saw boats for rental. He didn't know how to sail and when asked if he did, he told the man that he could," said a son, David P. Gloth of Finksburg. "There he was dressed in a suit and tie learning to sail the boat, which he did."

Mr. Gloth developed into an excellent sailor, family members said.

He enjoyed sailing the Ballad, his Pacific Seacraft 37 sailboat, until he was well into his 80s.

One of Mr. Gloth's philanthropic interests was the Living Classroom Foundation, which he served as chairman and treasurer.

He also enjoyed keeping physically fit.

"He'd run at 5 a.m. every day and would exercise," his son said. "He was active in Senior Olympics, where he'd been the torch bearer and earned five gold medals in running events."

Mr. Gloth married the former Mary Jane Prosser in 1955.

Mr. Gloth was a communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 65 Sacred Heart Lane, Glyndon, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Gloth is survived by four other sons, Dr. F. Michael Gloth III of Naples, Fla., Dr. Sean T. Gloth of Clarksville, Paul D. Gloth of Ellicott City and Dr. Mark J. Gloth of Finksburg; a daughter, Anne Marie Vitti of Perry Hall; a brother, Richard Gloth of Baltimore; two sisters, Diana Fleck of Ellicott City and Maryann Barnes of Clarksville; 21 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com