John A. O'Connor Jr., 73, Mercantile bank officer

John Andrew O'Connor Jr., a retired officer of the Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co., died of respiratory failure Aug. 4 at North Arundel Hospital Center. A Roland Park resident for many years, he was 73.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Homeland, he attended Cathedral School and the old Mount Washington Country School for Boys before graduating from Loyola High School in 1948. He earned a history degree from Loyola College and a law degree with honors from the University of Maryland.


Mr. O'Connor was an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore from 1956 to 1959, then joined the Frank, Bernstein, Conway & Goldman law firm, where he became a partner.

In 1970, he joined the Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co. as its vice president and secretary. He was named the bank's senior vice president in 1978. He was also secretary of Mercantile Bankshares Inc. He retired in 1996.


Mr. O'Connor enjoyed gardening and was active in Boy Scouts Troop 1000 in North Baltimore.

His wife of more than 30 years, the former Joyce Fallon, died in 1991.

A Mass was offered Friday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where he was a parishioner.

Survivors include three sons, John A. O'Connor III of York, Pa., G. Stephen O'Connor of Crownsville and David B. O'Connor of Oakland, Calif.; a daughter, Aimee O'Connor Ahart of Ashburn, Va.; a sister, Mary Alma Lears of Towson; and four grandchildren.