Lawrence P. Naylor, 74, civic leader


Lawrence P. Naylor, a civic leader who was a Rouse Co. vice president before becoming board chairman and chief executive officer of a chemical company, died Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications after surgery.

The Stevenson resident was 74.

With Rouse from 1947 until 1975, he was general manager of Columbia in the late 1960s and early 1970s and remained a member of the board until 1990.

Mathias J. DeVito, board chairman at Rouse, said, "Larry was a founder of the current Rouse Co., had a distinguished career with us and for many years was a very valued director."

Mr. Naylor headed Catalyst Recovery Inc. from 1976 to 1989.

He also was on the boards of Princeton Computer Products and T. Rowe Price Associates.

Mr. Naylor served on the boards of Calvert School, Boys' Latin School, Gilman School, Garrison Forest School and the Roland Park Country School. He was active in the Valleys Planning Council, the Lacrosse Foundation, the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland and St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Garrison. He was a supporter of the Maryland Environmental Trust.

Born in Baltimore, he graduated from the Calvert School, Boys' Latin School and Princeton University. As a lacrosse player in 1940, he scored the first goal in the first of the North-South college all-star lacrosse games. He played for the North, which won 6-5.

During World War II, he was a Marine Corps communications officer in the Pacific.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas' Church, St. Thomas Lane and Garrison Forest Road.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Cassandra Stewart; two sons, Latimer Stewart Naylor of San Francisco and Timothy Campbell Naylor of Stevenson; five daughters, Cassandra Morris Naylor of Stevenson, Wesley Naylor Finnerty of Baltimore and, from a previous marriage, Ouisha, Laura and Lee McKinney, all of Lexington, Ky.; and three grandsons.

Contributions may be made to the Valleys Planning Council or St. Thomas' Church.

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