Alexius Owen “Lex” Bishop, a retired state administrator and decorated Vietnam War veteran, died Tuesday from colon cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.
The North Roland Park resident was 77.
He was born in Baltimore and raised on Murray Hill Road in Ruxton, the son of John Owen Bishop, a general contractor, and his wife, Margaret Dyer Bishop, a homemaker.
Mr. Bishop attended the old Mount Washington Country School and graduated in 1959 from Loyola Blakefield.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in 1963 in economics from what is now Loyola University Maryland, Mr. Bishop enlisted in the Army.
He was a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, and served with airborne units and the Signal Corps. He completed tours in Korea, Okinawa and Thailand, and was stationed in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969.
He was discharged in 1970 with decorations that included a Bronze Star. After completing active duty, he served with the Maryland National Guard and was an Army Reserve officer, attaining the rank of colonel.
Mr. Bishop, who was known as “Lex,” received a master’s degree in business in 1973 from Loyola.
During his 30-year career with state government, he was an administrator with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Department of Budget and Fiscal Planning and the Department of Public Safety. He retired in 2002.
A 47-year resident of the city’s Poplar Hill neighborhood, Mr. Bishop was a student of military history and enjoyed reading, dancing and singing.
He was an inveterate bridge player and a member of a luncheon group of friends who called themselves ROMEO, an acronym for Retired Old Men Eating Out.
Mr. Bishop was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 1701 Regent Road, Mount Washington, where a funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Ellie Goff, a retired social worker; two daughters, Megan Alexis Bishop of Lutherville and Melissa Elizabeth Bishop Newbury of Canton, Ga.; two sisters, Barbara Ann Wilson of Ruxton and Brendy Melinda Esmond of Naples, Fla.; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Lucas Alexius Bishop, died in 1976.
—Frederick N. Rasmussen