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Macduff Symington

The Baltimore Sun

Macduff "Mac" Symington, a retired banker and tennis enthusiast, died Sunday of complications from a broken hip at Easton Memorial Hospital. The Worton resident was 80.

Mr. Symington was born in Baltimore and raised in the Greenspring Valley. He was a 1944 graduate of the Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Va.

In 1949, he earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Yale University.

Mr. Symington enlisted in the Air Force in 1950, and spent four years in the Office of Special Investigations, where he was assistant chief and then counterintelligence chief.

He was discharged in 1955 with the rank of captain.

Mr. Symington held sales positions with W. R. Grace & Co. from 1955 to 1960, in Lakeland, Fla., and Lake Charles, La. From 1960 to 1964, he was in sales for Owens-Illinois.

He returned to Baltimore in 1964 and worked for two years for Rolline Rubber Inc. From 1970 until 1992, when he retired, he was vice president and senior business development officer for Philadelphia National Bank, which later became CoreStates Bank.

While living in Runnymede, N.J., Mr. Symington was a founder and a 27- year board member of the U.S. Pro Indoor Tennis Tournament in Philadelphia, of which his bank was a major sponsor.

In 1983, he helped launch and was the first president of the Arthur Ashe Youth and Education Center in Philadelphia, and he remained on its board until 2000.

Mr. Symington and his wife of 19 years, the former Joyce McCook, purchased their home in Worton in 1988 and moved there permanently in 2003.

Mr. Symington was a communicant of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 N. Cross St., Chestertown, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Symington is survived by a son, Frank W. Symington of Dubois, Wyo.; three daughters, Jean Symington Craig of Fairfield, Iowa, Grace Bailey Symington of Atlanta and Louise Macduff Symington of Phoenixville, Pa.; two sisters, Emily S. Filer of Norfolk, Va., and Grace S. Rienhoff of Worton; and two grandchildren. An earlier marriage to the former Ruth Warren ended in divorce.

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