Hamilton H. Sanger, 86, real estate, business investor


The name of the Ruxton church mentioned in yesterday's obituary on Hamilton H. Sanger was incorrect. It should have been the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.

The Sun regrets the error.

Hamilton H. Sanger, a real estate and business investor, died April 22 in his sleep at the Charlestown Care Center in Catonsville. He was 86.

Mr. Sanger had lived in Roland Park for 43 years before moving to the Charlestown Retirement Community in 1991.

He was a Baltimore native and 1927 graduate of the Gilman School. His graduation from Princeton University was delayed when his back was broken in an automobile accident. He earned a master's degree in business administration and completed accounting studies at New York University.

He was a certified public accountant, worked in a bank and was an efficiency expert until 1950, when he built a house in Ruxton that he sold, beginning a career as an investor and property manager.

Mr. Sanger began building the house after hearing an announcement at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Ruxton that Estonian displaced persons were available for work through Church World Service but needed sponsors who could guarantee them a job and a place to live.

He signed up to sponsor a couple, the first of a group of refugees from the Baltic area that worked on the house and then moved on.

He brushed up on his German to talk to the workers, who understood it as a second language.

The house was built with secondhand materials from his wife's family mansion on the site of the present Drumcastle Apartments, a barn near Charles Street and the City Line, the old City Hospitals, the Mondawmin mansion, a building at then-Morgan State College and other razed buildings in the Baltimore area.

Mr. Sanger remodeled and refurbished residential properties he

invested in, and built an addition to Blue Bird School, now Ruxton Country Day School.

He was a subscriber of the Bachelors Cotillon and was active in the World Peace Through World Law movement and the United World Federalists.

In the 1990s, he traveled extensively in this country, Europe and the Bahamas, and studied French and world history at Catonsville Community College.

A memorial service for Mr. Sanger was to be held at 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, 711 Maiden Choice Lane in the Charlestown Retirement Community.

His wife, the former Katharine Wirt Walker, died in 1975.

He is survived by a daughter, Helen S. Pierce of Phoenix; a son, Frank Sanger of Monroe, Wash.; a brother, Edward J. Sanger of Arlington, Mass.; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sandtown Habitat for Humanity, 1385 N. Gilmor St., Baltimore 21217.

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