Philip D. Kirby, 62, executive vice president, treasurer and a director of the Daily Record Co., died Thursday of cancer at his residence in Towson.
Mr. Kirby began his career with the publishers of the Daily Record and Warfield's Business Record as controller in 1985.
Previously, he had been treasurer of the Bagby Furniture Co., which he joined in 1984. And, from 1955 to 1974, he had been vice president of finance and treasurer of Environmental Elements Corp., a division of the Koppers Co.
Edwin Warfield IV, chairman and publisher of the Daily Record Co., said of Mr. Kirby that "he was a trusted adviser with a great sense of humor."
"He brought not only humor but wisdom to the operation, which is a unique combination for an accountant."
The West Baltimore native was a 1949 graduate of Calvert Hall and received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the Johns Hopkins University in 1953, where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
He served in the Army, leaving active duty as a first lieutenant in 1955.
Mr. Kirby was a certified public accountant, a member of the Maryland Association of CPAs, the Financial Executives Institute's Baltimore chapter and a past member of the Baltimore City Rotary. He enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Maryland Country Club.
A Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Ware Avenue, Towson.
Mr. Kirby is survived by his wife, the former Wynne Gorschboth of Baltimore, whom he married in 1954; two sons, Philip D. Kirby Jr. of Perry Hall and Christopher G. Kirby, a senior at Duke University; his parents, Gerard and Louise Kirby of Ellicott City; a brother, John D. Kirby of Lisbon; and a granddaughter, Taylor Michelle Kirby of Perry Hall.
The family suggested that memorial contributions may be made to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Oncology Center, 600 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore 21287.