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Richard E. Hook III, businessman

Richard E. Hook III, a retired sales executive and real estate broker, died Sunday of heart failure at his summer residence in Sherwood Forest. He was 95.

Richard Edwin Hook III was born in Baltimore and raised on North Calvert Street. He was a 1936 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree in 1940 from the Johns Hopkins University.

He enlisted in the Army in 1941 and later went to officer candidate school, where he was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1943.

Mr. Hook, who rose to captain, commanded a company of the 447th Battalion in New York and later in Seattle.

After the end of the war, he returned to Baltimore and went to work as a salesman for the Lincoln Sales Corp., eventually being named president of the company in 1977. He retired three years later.

Mr. Hook earned his real estate license and joined Russell T. Baker Co. in 1980.

The former longtime resident of Purlington Way in Homeland had been a board member of the Homeland Association.

He began spending summers in Sherwood Forest in 1953, where he enjoyed playing tennis and walking with a group of friends he dubbed "The Magnificent 7," family members said.

He served as president of the Sherwood Forest Club for five years and with his wife had been presented the Severn River Trophy in 1980.

Mr. Hook enjoyed writing amusing poetry for family occasions, performing magic tricks, and in earlier years, horseback riding.

He had been a resident of the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson for the last decade. He enjoyed spending winters in Naples, Fla., and was a member for many years of the Baltimore Country Club.

Mr. Hook had been a communicant and usher at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen since 1959.

His wife of 64 years, the former Elizabeth Doris Whitaker, died in 2006.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Thursday at his church, 5200 N. Charles St.

Surviving are three sons, Richard E. Hook IV of Towson, Bruce Hook of Sherwood Forest and Billy Hook of Grasonville; two daughters, Judy Smith and Neville Gardner, both of Sherwood Forest; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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