Thomas John Reynolds Sr., 64, bank officialThomas...


Thomas John Reynolds Sr., 64, bank official

Thomas John Reynolds Sr., a bank official and volunteer, died of heart failure Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. The Lutherville resident was 64.

He was the senior commercial lending officer at First National Bank of Maryland, where he had worked for 11 years. He began his banking career at the old Baltimore Federal Savings and Loan Association, where he was executive vice president and headed its subsidiary land-development firm.

Mr. Reynolds had served on the board of trustees of Good Samaritan Hospital since 1985 and spent many hours as a volunteer at the Belvedere Green retirement home on the hospital's grounds.

"He got a lot of pleasure out of the retirement home -- helping the elderly and the needy," said Kenneth Gue, a friend since college who chairs the hospital's board. "He was also very participatory at the hospital. He never learned to say no, so we had to cut him back."

A Hampden native, Mr. Reynolds graduated from Calvert Hall College in 1951.

After earning a bachelor's degree at Loyola College, he served as an Army field artillery officer until 1957.

He was a licensed real-estate appraiser and a member of the Country Club of Maryland.

He was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today. .

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Barbara Baker; three sons, Thomas John Reynolds Jr. of Abingdon, Timothy J. Reynolds of Perry Hall and Terrence J. Reynolds of Towson; three daughters, Kathleen Reynolds Prisco of Lutherville, Barbara Ann Reynolds of Towson and Mary Beth Lonsdale of Monkton; a brother, Robert F. Reynolds of Hampden; and 13 grandchildren.

Claude W. Schaefer Sr., 89, founded several businesses

Claude W. Schaefer Sr., the founder of a Baltimore oil company and other businesses, died Thursday of heart failure at home in Cambridge. He was 89 and also resided in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

In 1946, he established General Automatic Oil Co. on Sinclair Lane in Northeast Baltimore, a retail business that was purchased by ESSO Oil Co. in the early 1960s.

Twenty years earlier, he had founded General Garage Manufacturing Co., builders of galvanized steel garages and, in the late 1930s, he started General Automatic Oil Burner Co.

Other businesses he established included Thermofin Manufacturing Co., Continental Manufacturing Co., Industrial Development Corp. and Schaefer Industries.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

He enjoyed cruising the bay in his motor yacht, the Priscilla, and was a member of the Maryland Yacht Club and the Baltimore Country Club.

For 69 years, he was a Mason and Shriner and a member of Tuscan Lodge No. 202 A.F.& A.M.

In 1927, he married Adelaide Nagle, who died in 1965. In 1970, he married Frances Ruth Lawrimore.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Other survivors include four sons, C. William Schaefer Jr. of Homeland, Clinton C. Schaefer of Vinton, La., and Phillip H. Schaefer and Noel L. Schaefer, both of Fort Lauderdale; four daughters, Dorothy C. Schaefer of California and Claudia L. Schaefer, Holly L. Schaefer and Jeanette M. Schaefer, all of Fort Lauderdale; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/10/96

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