Cary deRussy, the former publisher of Fishing in Maryland magazine, died of emphysema complications Oct. 10 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. The former Mays Chapel resident was 70.
Born Wilson Cary Nicholas deRussy in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton, he was a 1960 graduate of St. Paul's School, where he was on the wrestling, cross country and tennis teams. He earned a photography degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1964.
Family members said that during the Vietnam War, he joined the CIA and spent two years in Saigon working with the Special Forces. "He would not talk about his Vietnam experience except to mention that he spent a few evenings in a Saigon bar with Daniel Ellsberg several years before the release of the Pentagon Papers," said his brother, John deRussy of Towson.
In the mid-1970s, he sold legal forms for Commerce Clearing House in downtown Baltimore.
"He then wanted to be his own boss and bought Fishing in Maryland magazine," his brother said. Mr. deRussy designed the magazine, did its graphics and advertising and wrote some articles. He worked with local fishermen for articles from an office in the 2600 block of Maryland Ave. in Charles Village.
Mr. deRussy had lived in Dickeyville and in Summer Hill in northern Baltimore County.
No service is being held. "In a last gesture to honor his old fishing friend, his ashes will be thrown off the Bill Burton Memorial Bridge in Cambridge," his brother said.
In addition to his brother, survivors include two sons, David deRussy of Stevensville and Peter deRussy of Baltimore; and three grandchildren. His 1968 marriage to Lynn Walder ended in divorce.