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William H. Winstead III

William H. Winstead III

William H. Winstead III, a Baltimore developer who worked on projects downtown and in the planned community of Columbia, died Wednesday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 79.

Mr. Winstead was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., and was raised on a family tobacco farm in Southern Maryland. After moving to Baltimore, he lived with his grandparents, and later with an aunt and uncle, Libby and James W. Rouse, the founder of the Rouse Company. Mr. Winstead considered Mr. Rouse a father figure and a mentor.

Mr. Winstead graduated from St. Paul's School in Brooklandville and attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

Mr. Rouse was against nepotism but...