Lindsay D. Dryden Jr., a Baltimore fuel oil company executive and Florida businessman, died Wednesday of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 85.
The son of an oil company executive and a homemaker, Mr. Dryden was born and raised in Guilford. He attended the McDonogh School.
Mr. Dryden went to work for the family business, Dryden Oil Co., which had been founded by his grandfather in 1893. After his father's death in 1952, he took over its operations, and as president and later chairman of the board, expanded the business to more than 450 employees and established 17 locations in the East.
The Ruxton resident sold the business in 1991. After its sale, he established Orlando Drum & Container Corp. in Orlando, Fla., and was the company's chairman at his death.
His philanthropic interest was the Odyssey School, where he helped endow a gymnasium. In recognition of his numerous contributions to the school, a speaker series there is named in his honor.
Mr. Dryden, who had homes in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Rehoboth Beach, Del., was a member of the Baltimore Country Club, Rehoboth Beach Country Club, Lauderdale Yacht Club, Sugar Mill Country Club and the Anglers Club of Key Largo.
He owned steeplechase racehorses, enjoyed playing golf and was an accomplished yachtsman who made 26 round trips aboard his motor yachts between Baltimore and Fort Lauderdale.
Services are private.
Surviving are his wife of 25 years, the former Sandra Shurick; a son, Lindsay D. Dryden III of Baltimore; a daughter, Carroll Dryden Knott of Baltimore; a stepson, Keith E. Hackley of Orlando; a stepdaughter, Kim H. Cobb of Baltimore; a sister, Eleanor Z. Weaver of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Mr. Dryden had three earlier marriages.