James L. Zamoiski, 46, CEO of Zamoiski...


James L. Zamoiski, 46, CEO of Zamoiski Co.

James L. Zamoiski, president and chief executive officer of Zamoiski Co. who was active in many philanthropic and civic organizations, died Sunday at Church Hospital after being stricken in a restaurant in Little Italy. He was 46.

According to the medical examiner, the cause of death was unknown pending an autopsy.

"He was the quiet leader," said Alex Katzenberg, who grew up with Mr. Zamoiski in 1950s Pikesville and up until about five years ago still played touch football with him. "Jimmy was the guy you could count on -- generous to a fault and absolutely no temper. Once he finished college, he became more serious and business was his main thing. It wasn't until he got married and had his two girls that business took a back seat."

A Homeland resident, Mr. Zamoiski began his business career in the 1970s with the family-owned consumer goods distributorship that was founded in Baltimore in 1896.

He gave of his time and expertise to the Fund for Educational Excellence, Associated Jewish Charities, House of Ruth and was a member of the board of Sinai Hospital.

He was a 1968 graduate of Friends School and a member of its board since 1990. He was chairman of the long-range planning committee and two capital campaigns, one still in progress.

"He has been so closely tied with the school for years and his sudden death has been painful for all of us here and hard to contemplate," said Byron W. Forbush, headmaster of the North Baltimore school.

Mr. Forbush said that Mr. Zamoiski was "one devoted, enthusiastic and hard-working member of the board. He epitomized Friends School's concept of service and service to the community."

Born in Baltimore, the son of Calman J. Zamoiski Jr. and Ellen Zamoiski, he was a 1973 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees.

Services for Mr. Zamoiski will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Zamoiski is survived by his wife of 19 years, Dr. Joan Berkowitz; two daughters, Rachel Zamoiski and Catherine Zamoiski, both of Baltimore; a sister, Clair Zamoiski Segal of Homeland; and his maternal grandmother, Adele Levi of Baltimore.

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