John D. Jarrett, owned management firm

John Duncan Jarrett, founder and owner of a Baltimore property management company and an active club member, died Tuesday of pneumonia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Lutherville resident was 74.

Mr. Jarrett, who was a descendant of the founders of Jarrettsville, was born in Baltimore and raised on Ridgewood Road in Roland Park.


He was a 1953 graduate of Gilman School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1957 from the University of Virginia, where he had also been a member of its lacrosse team.

After serving in the Army from 1957 to 1959, he attended the University of Maryland School of Law.


He worked briefly in banking and real estate before establishing John D. Jarrett & Associates, a Roland Park property management company, in the late 1960s. He worked until his death.

Mr. Jarrett remained a lifelong University of Virginia lacrosse fan and was an active member of the university's Baltimore alumni chapter.

His wife of 30 years, the former Ellenor Colgate Buzby, said that Mr. Jarrett, who moved to Seminary Springs in Lutherville several years ago, enjoyed working on his family's genealogy.

"He was also a Mr. Fix-It type," she said.

Mr. Jarrett was an active member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, Bachelors Cotillion and the Johns Hopkins Club.

He was a communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Also surviving are a son, John D. Jarrett Jr. of Chevy Chase; two daughters, Elizabeth J. Wilkinson of Dover, Mass., and Robin J. Grace of Needham, Mass.; two brothers, Edwin B. Jarrett Jr. of Owings Mills and Dr. William H. Jarrett II of Atlanta; and five grandchildren. An earlier marriage to the former Anne Cushing Robinson ended in divorce.