Joel Krisch, 71, who built the Downtown Holiday Inn in Baltimore and was host to the Beatles on their 1964 visit to the city, died Oct. 8 of complications of neurological illness in Roanoke, Va. In 1956, he and his brothers founded American Motor Inns Inc., which became one of the nation's largest Holiday Inn franchisers.
"He offered the Beatles a floor of rooms free when they visited the city if they would agree to meet his children, and they did," said a daughter, Linda K. Vinson of Stevenson.
Mr. Krisch also donated $61,000 in 1981, for the 41-foot "Baltimore" pylon that greets visitors on the Baltimore-Washington Expressway and two signs, one on U.S. 40 East and one on U.S. 40 West.
He also donated the bedding for the Ronald McDonald House.
Services were held Tuesday in Roanoke.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Nancy Scher; a son, Samuel J. Krisch II; another daughter, Kathryn K. Oelschlager; a sister, Rosalie Shaftman; and seven grandchildren, all of Roanoke.