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Allen 'Ray' Kirby, 89

The Baltimore Sun

Allen Rayfield "Ray" Kirby Sr., a retired insurance sales representative and former college athlete, died July 23 of complications from a fractured hip at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Towson resident was 89.

Born and raised in Chestertown, he was a 1937 graduate of Chestertown High School. He also attended the Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pa.

Mr. Kirby was a graduate of Washington College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1942.

While at Washington, he played football, basketball and baseball, and in 1941 was selected by The Sun as an All-Maryland football guard.

In 1989, he was inducted into the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame.

During World War II, he served in the Navy as a chief petty officer.

Mr. Kirby worked for 37 years for the Home Life Insurance Co. before retiring in 1988.

The former Northwood resident, who had lived in the Campus Hills neighborhood for many years, moved to the Brighton Gardens assisted-living facility in 2004.

Mr. Kirby was an avid golfer and enjoyed exercising.

His wife of 61 years, the former Esther Cecelia Wiseman, died this year.

Services will be held at noon today at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road in Timonium.

Surviving are two sons, Allen R. Kirby Jr. of Timonium and William M. Kirby of Stewarts Draft, Va.; and five grandsons.

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