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Louis J. Grasmick, political activist, philanthropist and lumber company executive, dies

Louis J. Grasmick, political activist, philanthropist and lumber company executive, dies

Louis J. Grasmick, a lumber company executive, philanthropist and political confidant of Gov. William Donald Schaefer, died Thursday from multiple organ failure at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The longtime resident of the Phoenix area of Baltimore County was 91.

A former professional baseball player, Mr. Grasmick was a familiar figure in Maryland political circles for more than 50 years as he grew his lumber company into one of the largest on the East Coast. He helped develop the Canton waterfront, raised money to open the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and later became involved with stem cell research for cardiac...

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