Brown-Forman Corporation

Rodney G. Stieff

Rodney G. Stieff

Rodney G. Stieff, former chairman of the board and CEO of Kirk-Stieff Co., which was the oldest silversmith firm in the country, died Tuesday of kidney cancer at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson.

The former longtime Orchards resident was 87.

"He was a very good businessman, and he helped from the standpoint of the financial end," said a brother, Charles C. Stieff II, former executive vice president of the company, who was in charge of its wholesale division.

"And he really knew our business, especially from the engineering and manufacturing end. I was in the selling end of it," said Mr. Stieff, who lives in Cockeysville.

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