By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun
2:44 PM EST, January 17, 2013
Raymond Griffith Sinclair Jr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. executive who was a decorated World War II Marine, died Monday of congestive heart failure at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 92.
Born and raised in Collingswood, N.J., Mr. Sinclair was a 1938 graduate of the Pennington School in Pennington, N.J.
Mr. Sinclair interrupted his college studies at Washington College to enlist in 1942 in the Marine Corps. After being commissioned a second lieutenant in 1944, he joined the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific.
He was serving as a rifle platoon commander when he landed on Iwo Jima in 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic action in combat.
Mr. Sinclair "disregarded the danger of hostile fire to make a personal reconnaissance of Japanese positions and, by skillfully maneuvering his men and supporting weapons, seized the high ground overlooking enemy forces, inflicting severe losses on the foe in a grenade and firefight and repulsing counterattacks," read the Bronze Star citation.
He also continued to press the attack and "successfully destroyed the hostile position, which halted the adjacent platoon's advance," said the citation.
After being discharged, Mr. Sinclair returned to Washington College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1946 in business administration.
He went to work for BGE in 1946 and rose to become general manager of residential sales. He retired in 1982.
Mr. Sinclair, who lived in Stoneleigh before moving to the Hampton section of Baltimore County in 1998, was active in the Marine Corps Reserve, serving with the 4th Engineer Battalion. He retired in 1966 with the rank of major.
He was a active member of the Marine Corps League and the 4th Marine Division Association.
Mr. Sinclair was an avid reader of history and novels. He enjoyed golfing and spending time at a second home he owned in Ocean City. He also liked working on home improvement projects.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Cemetery, 2130 Woodlawn Drive, Gwynn Oak.
Mr. Sinclair is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Marylou Chenowith; two sons, Richard Sinclair of Perry Hall and Mark Sinclair of Virginia Beach, Va.; and four grandchildren.
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