Fred W. Meier Sr., a retired Commercial Credit Corp. executive and decorated combat veteran of World War II, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 20 at Brighton Gardens of Towson. The Ruxton resident was 90.
Born and raised in Baltimore, he was a 1934 graduate of Southern High School and earned a business degree and played football at the University of Baltimore.
He became controller of a division of United Distillers and subsequently held a similar post at Franklin Square Hospital, then located in Southwest Baltimore.
During World War II, he served in an Army infantry unit in France and Germany. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars.
A citation said that as a volunteer on a mission, he acted "with utter disregard for personal safety and exposed himself to a heavy concentration of hostile artillery fire" to obtain vital supplies for his company.
In 1952, he joined Commercial Credit as an analyst. He held posts as business loans operations manager and loans director, and retired in 1986 as a senior vice president.
After retirement, he joined Service Corps of Retired Executives, a group that offers advice and training programs for new entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses.
Mr. Meier was treasurer of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland in the 1970s and for 25 years an usher at the Church of the Redeemer, where services were held yesterday.
Survivors include two sons, Frederick W. Meier Jr. of Baltimore and David Kirk Meier of Alexandria, Va.; and four grandchildren. His wife of 49 years, the former Charlotte Holtgreve, died in 1989.