Maryland Historical Trust

Orlando 'Lanny' Ridout IV, a leading Annapolis preservationist who served as the first director of the Maryland Historical Trust

Orlando 'Lanny' Ridout IV, a leading Annapolis preservationist who served as the first director of the Maryland Historical Trust

Orlando “Lanny” Ridout IV, an architectural historian, leading Annapolis preservationist and an author who served as the first director of the Maryland Historical Trust, died Aug. 25 of complications from Parkinson’s disease at Brightview South River in Edgewater.

The lifelong resident of St. Margarets, where his family has lived since 1784, was 95.

“A good way to describe Orlando is that he was a fine gentleman whose passion was historical preservation,” said Edward C. Papenfuse, who was Maryland state archivist from 1975 until his retirement in 2013. “And when he led the Maryland Historical Trust, he cared for and oversaw some of the most remarkable buildings from the...