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Chris Delaporte, former chief of Maryland Stadium Authority, dies

Chris Delaporte, former chief of Maryland Stadium Authority, dies

Chris T. Delaporte, the visionary director of Baltimore's recreation and parks program in the 1980s who later headed the Maryland Stadium Authority, died of cancer July 29 at the Life Care Center of Port Townsend, Wash. The former Pasadena resident was 75.

Tapped by then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer, Mr. Delaporte proposed and led construction of a rowing club in the Patapsco River's Middle Branch, championed the Mount Pleasant Ice Arena and transformed the city's municipal golf courses and zoo to not-for-profit organizations.

"Chris was a big-picture guy," said City Council member Carl Stokes. "He was a visionary who believed that parks could be an equalizer...

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