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Offutt, Thomas Worthington, Jr.



  • Existence: August 7, 1907- December 12, 1999

Thomas Worthington Offutt Jr., a former mortgage banker who led the relocation of Franklin Square Hospital from West Baltimore to Essex, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at Brightwood Retirement Community in Lutherville. He was 92.

Mr. Offutt was the founder of Baltimore County Mortgage Co. in Towson in the early 1960s, and retired in 1970. He was a founder in the late 1940s and later president of Baltimore County Supply Co., a hardware, lumber and building supply company in Owings Mills.

He had been a member of the Franklin Square Hospital board for 25 years, and board president for seven years.

Mr. Offutt helped relocate the hospital that had been founded in 1898 in the 1100 block of W. Baltimore St. as National Temperance Hospital and Maryland Medical College. It took its present name in 1901 after expanding to Franklin Square. Located near the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, the 300-bed hospital, built for $7.5 million, opened for patients in 1969.

For years, Mr. Offutt lived at Fleetwood Farm, a 400-acre property near Owings Mills where he raised black Angus cattle. After selling the farm, he resided at Locust Hill, one of the oldest homes in the Worthington Valley, dating to 1780. He moved into the retirement community in 1991.

Until retiring in 1989, Mr. Offutt had been a member for 50 years of the Baltimore Suburban Advisory Board of the First National Bank of Maryland.

Born and raised in Towson, Mr. Offutt was the son of the founder of the Second National Bank in Towson, which became First National Bank.

He was a graduate of the Tome School in Port Deposit, and earned his civil engineering degree from the University of Virginia.

During World War II, he enlisted with the Seabees and oversaw construction of airfields in the Pacific Theater of operations. He was discharged with the rank of lieutenant.

Active in Baltimore County Republican circles, Mr. Offutt served as campaign manager for Marine Gen. James Patrick Devereux, who was elected to Congress from the 2nd District in 1952.

An avid bird hunter and skeet shooter, Mr. Offutt won a national skeet shooting championship in the 1930s.

He was a member of the Maryland Club, Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and the Bachelors Cotillon.

He was a communicant of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Smith and Greely avenues, Mount Washington.