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William Zimmerman Jr., 86, ran Severna Park farm


William Page Zimmerman Jr., owner and operator of the last farm in Severna Park, where he raised cattle, died Sunday of leukemia at his home there. He was 86.

Mr. Zimmerman was the second generation of his family to work the 27-acre Holly Oak Farm, between Benfield Road and the Severn River in Severna Park.

The land has been farmed since the 1780s. His family began living on it in 1904. The original clapboard and fieldstone farmhouse, which was Mr. Zimmerman's boyhood home, still stands. His son, who runs the farm, lives there.

Mr. Zimmerman, who lived in another house on the farm, returned to the old house in December.

"He died in the room he grew up in as a boy," said his wife of 57 years, the former Doris Long.

In addition to farming, Mr. Zimmerman was chief auditor for the State Income Tax Division in Annapolis from the 1950s until his retirement in 1976.

He was a 1932 graduate of the Severn School and Eaton-Burnett Business School in Baltimore. Drafted during World War II, he served with the Office of Strategic Services at its headquarters in Washington. He was discharged at war's end with the rank of sergeant.

He enjoyed golfing and was a former member of the Chartwell Country Club. He was a member of the Talbot Country Club and the Annapolis Yacht Club.

Services were held Thursday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, William P. Zimmerman IV of Severna Park and Scott Zimmerman of Easton; and a granddaughter. A third son, William P. Zimmerman III, died many years ago.

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