John J. Condon, insurance executive

John J. Condon, a former insurance executive and sports fan, died Sunday of pneumonia at his Columbia home. He was 87.

The son of an accountant and a homemaker, John Joseph Condon was born in Canandaigua, N.Y., and moved in 1929 to Forest Park with his family.


He was raised on Garrison Boulevard and Euclid Avenue. He was a 1943 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington, where he was a quarterback on the football team and starting catcher on the baseball team.

Mr. Condon was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1987.


He served in the Navy from 1943 until 1946, when he was discharged. He had been in pre-flight training and later became a member of an anti-aircraft crew in San Diego.

He earned a bachelor's degree in 1950 in physical education from the University of Maryland, College Park, which he attended on a baseball scholarship.

"He was the Terps' starting catcher for three years, and in a Maryland-Yale game he once threw out George H.W. Bush trying to steal second base," said a son, Dr. John "Sean" Condon of Nashua, N.H., who is a professor of history at Merrimack College.

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Mr. Condon also played defensive back and backup quarterback for Maryland when the team defeated Missouri in the 1950 Gator Bowl.

After teaching at Bel Air High School and working as a beer salesman for the old American Brewery, Mr. Condon began selling insurance in 1955 for the Occidental Insurance Co., which later became Transamerica.

He worked in Richmond, Va., Baltimore and Laurel before establishing the company's Columbia office. He had been president of the Columbia-Howard branch of the National Association of Life Underwriters.

Mr. Condon was an Orioles and Baltimore Colts fan. He was an avid golfer and a member of Turf Valley Country Club for more than 50 years.

He was a member of St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday.


In addition to his son, Mr. Condon is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Rose Marie Seckora; another son, Kyle Condon of Granite; a daughter, Colleen Kopera of Parkville; and seven grandchildren.