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Allan J. Mead, investment banker

Allan John Mead
Allan John Mead (HANDOUT)

Allan John Mead, a retired investment banker and board member, died of a stroke Jan. 5 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 82 and lived in Guilford.

Born in Jamaica, he was the son of Mary Ball Perine of Homeland and Allan O.S. Keeling, a justice of the peace. He was raised in Baltimore by his mother and his stepfather, Frank D. Mead.

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He attended St. Paul’s School for Boys and was a 1954 graduate of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Washington & Lee University, where he was a varsity lacrosse player and member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Mr. Mead moved to New York and became an institutional banker with Chemical Bank. He moved back to Baltimore in 1967 and joined the investment firm of Robert Garrett & Sons. Later, he became a municipal bonds salesman with Alex. Brown & Sons, and retired from Chapin, Davis Inc. in Baltimore.

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He played golf frequently and scored two holes-in-one at the Greenspring Valley Hunt Club. He enjoyed sailing his boat, the West Wind, from its Annapolis berth.

Family members described Mr. Mead as passionate about organ music and church choir music, an interest he developed as a chorister at Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Baltimore.

He had been a member of the Maryland Club for 50 years. He played cards there and attended its Wednesday Club luncheons. He also served on its board,

“We lunched together often, possibly too often and too late into the day,” said a friend, G. Jefferson Price III, a former Sun editor. “He was a gentleman of the old school, a conservative in the truest, most decent and responsible sense. Our political views differed, but that made for some quite marvelous conversations. He was inquisitive and always excellent company. His moral compass was firmly set in the right direction.”

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Mr. Mead belonged to the Society of Colonial Wars, the Bachelor’s Cotillon, the St. Andrew’s Society and the St. George’s Society. He served on the boards of the Greenspring Valley Hunt Club and St. Paul’s School for Boys, and was a past vestry member of Old St. Paul's Church.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles Street.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Patricia Moffitt Mead; a son, Allan Francis Mead of Towson; a daughter, Elizabeth Anne Mead of Timonium; and half-siblings, Elizabeth Keeling Carter of Baltimore and David Allan Keeling of Lexington, Va.

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