Gary B. Swift, Charles Village video store owner, dies

Gary B. Swift, a former hospital administrator who later owned and operated a Charles Village video store, died Saturday of respiratory failure at Northwest Hospital. He was 66.

The son of William M. Swift, a Bethlehem Steel Corp. supervisor, and Lilly W. Swift, a Hochschild-Kohn department store sales associate, Gary Burke Swift was born in Baltimore and raised on Harlem Avenue.


He was a 1967 graduate of Edmondson High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1971 in mathematics from Morgan State University. In 1973, he earned a master's degree in hospital administration and business from Cornell University.

From 1973 to 1980, Mr. Swift was a hospital administrator at Howard University Hospital in Washington.


He moved back to Baltimore from Rockville in 1980 and opened Videoland, a video rental store, on St. Paul Street in Charles Village. He closed the business in the late 1990s.

Mr. Swift lived on Harlem Avenue, In recent years, he had become disabled and was a resident of Woodholme Gardens Assisted Living in Pikesville.

At the assisted-living facility, Mr. Swift regularly attended Bible classes and had been leader of the class. He also attended weekly church services there.

He enjoyed listening to gospel music, playing bingo, and taking part in arts and crafts. He also was an avid follower of television news and sports.

Mr. Swift was a member for more than 50 years of Morning Star Baptist Church of Christ, 1063 W. Fayette St., where funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

He is survived by a daughter, Erica Thibault of Morocco; his mother, of West Baltimore; a brother, Ronald M. Smith of Catonsville; a sister, Deborah Swift-Bailey of Northeast Baltimore; and two grandsons.

— Frederick N. Rasmussen