Edwin Chapman, insurance agent and tennis champion, dies

Edwin "Ned" Chapman, a retired insurance agent who was a former Baltimore City singles tennis champion, died of pneumonia Feb. 19 at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. The Ruxton resident was 92.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Edwin Nelson Chapman, who died before he was born. His mother was Margaret Alvey. He was a 1942 graduate of St. Paul’s School for Boys, where he played tennis and basketball.

As a child he played tennis at the L’Hirondelle Club in Ruxton. He remained active in the sport and won championships in city, state and Middle Atlantic categories. He won top honors in junior, single men’s and senior categories.

In 1940 The Sun reported his tennis titles at courts in Mount Washington. In 1948 he defeated the city’s singles champion at a tournament at the Suburban Club, and in 1957 he took the city men’s singles title, also at the Suburban Club.

He played until he was 89.

He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and was assigned to the Pacific.

After his military service, he joined the Lowndes and Lowndes insurance agency. He worked for many years at Calvert and Eager streets in Mount Vernon and later in Towson. He remained with the business until age 91.

“He expressed a dry wit that was followed by his grin. His kindness to all endeared him to everyone he met,” said his son, Robert F. Chapman of Laguna Beach, Calif.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Good Shepherd. 1401 Carrollton Ave., Ruxton.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 68 years, Catherine "Kitty" Sadler; another son, Edwin N. Chapman Jr. of Hamburg, Germany; a daughter, Margaret C. Tiano of Pittsboro, N.C.; and a grandson.

--Jacques Kelly


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