George Johnson Ross III, a retired paint manufacturer, died of a stroke Jan. 29 at St. Joseph's Medical Center. The Lutherville resident was 79.
Born in Frederick, he earned a history degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He served in the Army and was stationed in Germany from 1952 to 1954.
Mr. Ross became an executive with the old C.M. Athey Paint Company in Southwest Baltimore and was a past president of the Baltimore Paint and Coatings Association.
He belonged to the Baltimore Country Club, where he played golf, cards and bowled. He also dressed and played Santa Claus at an annual children's Christmas party. He also worked to assist in the treatment of diabetics at the Cosmopolitan Club.
He was a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Betty Clare Athey; a son, George Johnson Ross IV of Burlington, N.C.; two daughters, Sally Ross Winter and Nan Collins Ross, both of Lutherville; a sister, Helen Ross Maddux of Danville, Va.; and five grandchildren.
Services were held Jan. 31 at St. David's Episcopal Church in Roland Park.