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William Downes, founder of insurance firm, dies

William Downes, founder of insurance firm, dies

William Downes, who helped found the prominent Baltimore insurance firm Riggs, Counselman, Michaels and Downes, died Aug. 7 of pneumonia at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Towson resident was 95.

Mr. Downes also served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, where he completed 50 missions and flew in China, Burma and India.

“He wanted to provide for his family, to give us everything he didn’t have growing up,” said his daughter, Elinor Henry of Riderwood. “I think his definition of success was to provide well for his family and to be at the top of his game, whether in sports or the business world.”

William Wallace Downes was born in Baltimore in 1922 to...

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