James A. Hoyt Jr.Steamship executiveJames A. Hoyt...


James A. Hoyt Jr.

Steamship executive

James A. Hoyt Jr., an executive for steamship companies, died of cardiac arrest Wednesday at the North Oaks Retirement Community in Pikesville where he had been a resident since 1991. He was 81.

While at Yale University, he worked summers as an intern for Grace Lines Steamship Co. in New York. After earning his degree in 1936, he became a management trainee for Grace and eventually became senior vice president for operations and a member of the board of directors.

During World War II, he was in charge of the line's cargo ship operations through the Panama Canal.

"His favorite Grace Line vessel was the Santa Rosa," said his son, James A. Hoyt IV of Baltimore. "He sailed on her many times."

After Grace was sold in 1969, he joined the Axel Johnson Steamship Co. in San Francisco, where he was West Coast operations manager until he retired in 1978 and returned to Old Greenwich, Conn.

In retirement, he enjoyed boating on Long Island Sound, playing tennis and spending summers in England, touring and studying Shakespeare and English literature at Cambridge and Oxford universities.

He was born in Columbia, S.C., and moved with his family to Garden City, N.Y., where he received his early education.

In 1942, he married Evelyn Standley, who died in 1979.

Services were to be held today in Columbia, S.C.

Other survivors include a daughter, Evelyn C. Hoyt of Mountain View, Calif.; and a granddaughter, Lisa Beth Hoyt of Baltimore.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, 60 Bay St., Staten Island, N.Y. 10301; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236-0025.

Barton B. Skeen Sr.


Barton B. Skeen Sr., a retired salesman, died of heart failure Saturday at Manor Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ruxton. He was 83.

Before entering Manor Care, he lived at the Rodgers Forge Apartments and for 49 years was a resident of Bellona Avenue in Rodgers Forge.

He retired in 1977 after a 32-year sales career with McCarthy-Hicks Inc., liquor distributors, chiefly in East Baltimore. During World War II, he worked at the Middle River plant of the Glenn L. Martin Co.

Born and reared in Bolton Hill, he was a 1928 graduate of Baltimore City College and attended Columbia University and the University of Maryland College Park. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where he taught Sunday school and was an usher. He was a former board member of the Homeland Association.

Services were to be held at noon today at St. James Episcopal Church Cemetery, Route 2 in Lothian.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Mary Elizabeth Scrivener; three sons, Barton B. Skeen Jr. of Great Falls, Va., and Robert G. Skeen and Douglas T. Skeen, both of Baltimore; two grandsons; and a great-grandson.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 17025, Baltimore 21203.

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