Richard Nash Jr., businessman

Richard Nash Jr., a retired businessman and avid boater, died Jan. 11 of pneumonia and heart failure at his winter home in Naples, Fla.

The Towson resident was 82.

The son of an IBM manager and a homemaker, Mr. Nash was born in Baltimore and raised on Roland Avenue.

After graduating from Gilman School in 1947, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1951 from Princeton University, where he was a member of the Ivy Club.

During the Korean War, Mr. Nash enlisted in the Navy and served as a flight deck officer aboard the carriers USS Oriskany and USS Princeton.

After being discharged from the Navy, Mr. Nash returned to Baltimore and went to work for SCM Glidden as superintendent of the paint manufacturing company's Hawkins Point plant.

In 1959, he was named CEO of Maryland Specialty Wire Co. in Cockeysville and its five affiliated companies. He retired in 1986.

The longtime Ruxton resident moved to the Blakehurst retirement community last year.

He enjoyed sailboats and powerboats. Family members said Mr. Nash enjoyed sailing in the Chesapeake Bay and the waters near Martha's Vineyard, Mass. He was also a member of the Elkridge Club, where he liked golfing with friends.

Mr. Nash was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held in the chapel at 11 a.m. April 20.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Sherrill Gray; two daughters, Abigail Nash Keller of Riderwood and Lydia Nash Weiss of the Woodbrook neighborhood of Baltimore County; a sister, Kate Nash Chittenden of Towson; and three grandchildren. Another daughter, Kate Nash Boone, died last year.

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