Harrison Garrett, 82, retired investment banker


William F. Schmick Jr. was incorrectly identified in an obituary on Harrison Garrett in yesterday's editions. The Sun regrets the error.

Harrison Garrett, a retired investment banker, philanthropist and member of one of Maryland's most prominent families, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at his Brooklandville home. He was 82.

He retired in 1974 as chairman of the board of Robert Garrett & Sons, ending a career that began in 1946 at the Baltimore-based investment banking firm that was founded in 1840 and bore his great-great grandfather's name. The firm merged with Alex. Brown & Sons Inc. in 1974.

He was born in Baltimore, the son of Robert Garrett.

His father was a member of the U.S. team that participated in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896 and won a gold medal in the discus. The Garrett family also had an integral part in the building of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad.

Mr. Garrett graduated from the Calvert School in 1921 and the Gilman School in 1929. He earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1933. While at Princeton, he lettered in track and football for three years and was an honorable mention All-American in football.

He began his business career with Bankers Trust Co. of New York and worked in New York City and London before returning to Baltimore in 1941.

During World War II, he was an artilleryman in the Army's 44th Division in France, Germany and Austria. He was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star and was discharged in 1945 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

His many directorships included the Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Co., the Murray Corp., PharmaPlastics Inc. and the A. S. Abell Co., where he was a board member from 1951 until 1981.

"I've known him as a director of the A. S. Abell Co. and as a close personal friend," said William F. Schmick Sr., who retired in 1978 as president of Abell, former publisher of The Baltimore Sun.

"He was always forthright in expressing his opinion and contributed most significantly to the company."

Donald H. Patterson, retired president, publisher and chief executive officer of Abell who succeeded Mr. Schmick, said, "He was an honest-to-goodness and thoughtful gentleman who was very kind and sociable. He was always willing to listen to questions and suggestions with thoughtful consideration."

Mr. Garrett was a trustee and officer of Children's Hospital, the Robert Garrett Fund for the Surgical Treatment of Children, the Evergreen House Foundation, Hospital for Consumptives of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He had been a board member and trustee of Princeton, St. Timothy's School and the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

"He spent his life giving to other folks," remembered a son, Robert Garrett of New York. "He was strong-willed but had a great sense of humility and duty towards the community and his family. He was a man of impeccable honor."

Mr. Garrett was a member of the Maryland Club, the Merchants Club, the Elkridge Club, the Cap & Gown Club of Princeton and the Nassau Club.

He was a member of Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church and was active in the affairs of the parish, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and the Protestant Episcopal Church U.S.A.

His first wife, the former Grace Dodge Rea of Pittsburgh, whom he married in 1936, died in 1977. The next year, he married the former Dorothea D. Williams Moss of Baltimore, who died in 1992.

A memorial service is to be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 5 at Old St. Paul's Church, Charles and Saratoga streets, Baltimore.

Survivors include two other sons, James Rea Garrett of Brooklandville and Dr. Thomas Harrison Garrett of Santa Rosa, Calif.; a daughter, Julia Garrett Fox of West Newton, Mass.; two stepsons, Ambler H. Moss Jr. of Coral Gables, Fla., and Robert W. Moss of Dallas; three sisters, Katharine Garrett Bainbridge of Brooklandville, Alice Whitridge Phillips of Tucson, Ariz., and Ella G. Brigham of Paul Smiths, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 309 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201; or the Calvert School, c/o Barclay Project, 105 Tuscany Road, Baltimore 21210.

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