Randall Greenlee

The Baltimore Sun

Randall Hagner Greenlee, a retired supervisor at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., died of heart failure at Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson on Tuesday. He was 80.

When he retired in 1992 as the legal services supervisor, Mr. Greenlee had been with BGE for 42 years.

Mr. Greenlee helped the company prepare its testimony and exhibits before the Public Service Commission.

Mr. Greenlee was born and raised in Baltimore. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 1948. During the next five years, he took night business courses, first at Hopkins and then at the McCoy College of Business Administration in Texas, where he earned his accounting certificate.

Mr. Greenlee never married, but he had a close circle of friends and confidantes.

"He was a gregarious, outgoing, social person," said Frederick Singley Koontz, Mr. Greenlee's friend and lawyer. "Throughout most of his life he had a very broad social life."

He was an avid bridge fan, frequently playing at the Valley Bridge Club, as well as out-of-state tournaments. When he became a Life Master - the highest level of bridge achievement - "he still remained the same person," said Patricia Wilson, a longtime member of the club.

"He was a total gentleman," and always dressed in a coat and tie, she said. "I've never seen him raise his voice in all the years I've known him ... He was always a delight to be with, at the bridge table or wherever he was."

The club will hold a charity game in his memory at noon May 14.

From 1964 to 1987, he was treasurer and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Margaret J. Bennett House in Mount Vernon, which supports low-income women with disabilities.

His club memberships included the Maryland Club, the Gibson Island Club, the Johns Hopkins Club and the Wednesday Lunch Club. He also was a subscriber of the Bachelors Cotillon and a member of the Society of the Sons of the Revolution.

Mr. Greenlee was fond of traveling. He especially loved Italy, and in his retirement, he took two trips to Cape Town, South Africa.

He also enjoyed art and music, friends said. "And he had a great sense of style," said Juliana Watts of Ruxton.

Those who knew him said Mr. Greenlee was self-conscious about whatever was written about him.

"He was one of those good, kind, gentle people who never said a bad word about anybody," said Skip Pearre of Fells Point, a friend. "So, in retrospect, he would appreciate being known as humble."

He even went so far as to write his obituary when he moved into Blakehurst on Joppa Road about five years ago, Koontz said. The draft had bare bones facts, but little embellishment.

"He just cared more about other people," Pearre said. "He was humble and had such a wide interest in all of the people around him, whether he had just met them or had known them for years."

Mr. Greenlee is survived by a nephew, Robert Hagner Greenlee of Trappe; and two nieces, Susan Greenlee White and Evelyn Barton Hanrahan Greenlee, both of Columbia, S.C.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on May 10 at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, at Charles and Saratoga streets.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Decorative Arts Accessions and Endowment Fund of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, Baltimore 21218.


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