David Ewell
David Ewell (Baltimore Sun)

David S. Ewell Sr., a retired banker who was a Civil War buff, died July 8 of lung cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 76.

The son of Edward Lynch Ewell and Dorothy Stieber Ewell, who owned and operated Stieber's, a Towson gourmet grocery store, David Stieber Ewell was born in Baltimore and raised at a home on Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson.


He was a 1955 graduate of Towson High School and was an outstanding lacrosse and track star. He attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., where he played lacrosse and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

During the 1960s, he served with the Coast Guard Reserve.

Mr. Ewell began his banking career in the early 1960s with the old First National Bank of Maryland and later joined the old Maryland National Bank, where he rose to vice president.

He retired in 2000 from Bank of America, which had acquired Maryland National Bank.

In his retirement, the Towson resident enjoyed taking courses and was a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

He was a member of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Relations and enjoyed attending the organization's forums featuring guest speakers.

Mr. Ewell was a member of the board of directors and was former chairman of Hopewell Cancer Support. He was an ardent supporter of women's rights and Planned Parenthood of Maryland.

He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and had celebrated 38 years of sobriety, said his wife of 34 years, Susan B. Nestler, who is major gifts officer for Planned Parenthood of Maryland.

A Civil War buff, Mr. Ewell was descended from Confederate Gen. Richard Stoddert Ewell, who served as senior commander under Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. He also liked visiting battlefields and other historical sites related to the Civil War.

Mr. Ewell enjoyed vacationing on Sanibel and Fenwick islands, and also in Maine and Cape Cod, where he took offshore tours to watch whales and puffins.

Services are private.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Ewell is survived by two sons, David S. Ewell Jr. and Todd Ewell, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Anne Hofmann of Phoenix, Baltimore County; a brother, Ned Ewell of Cockeysville; and four grandchildren.