Harvey Bankard Bair

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Harvey Bankard Bair, 81, of Westminster, died Thursday, March 10, 2016, at home after a brief illness. Born October 8, 1934 in Baltimore, Maryland, he was the son of the late Scott Slaybaugh Bair, Sr. and Anita Bankard Bair. He was the beloved husband of Ruth Ann Hering Bair, his wife of 56 years. Surviving in addition to his wife are sons R. Gregory ("Greg") Bair of Little Valley, New York, and Thomas A. ("Tommy") Bair, of Hagerstown, MD; brothers Henry N. Bair, Emerson F. Bair and Glenn S. Bair, all of Westminster, MD; sister Elizabeth A. Bair, Westminster; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father- and mother-in-law, Francis Fenby Hering and Margaret Green Hering, and brother Scott S. Bair, Jr. He was a 1953 graduate of Westminster High School and 1960 graduate of the University of Maryland, with a B.S. degree in Industrial Management. Following graduation from college he worked for Black & Decker at their corporate headquarters in Towson until he was drafted into the United States Army where he was stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia. Upon discharge from the Army he joined the family real estate investment business, Development Company of America, established by his father in 1954, and he assisted his father in managing the properties developed and owned by the company. In 1975 he became a partner in the company and continued as a co-owner until his retirement in 2012. During his career he managed the construction, expansion and maintenance of such properties as the IRS Mid-Atlantic Service Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the original IRS National Computer Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, the Salisbury Mall, Salisbury, Maryland, and many other properties. He made significant contributions to the expansion of DCA's real estate portfolio, many of which were Fortune 500 companies, and he held the position of president or vice president in most of the DCA entities. He was widely known and respected in the real estate investment field for his managerial skills, knowledge of commercial and industrial construction, conservative principles and fair dealings. He was loved and respected by his office staff, many of whom have been with the firm 30, 40 and even 50 years. Over the years he served on many nonprofit boards and committees and he and his wife, Ruth, contributed generously to these and other organizations. He served on the Board of Directors of Union National Bank for many years, prior to its merger with Westminster Bank and Trust Company, and held the position of Chairman of the Board for a number of years. During that period he was a member of the Maryland Bankers Association. In his 40's he took up sailing and after acquiring a series of sailboats he spent many happy hours sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. Other interests included traveling, reading, woodworking and gardening, and he and Ruth enjoyed spending time with and entertaining friends and family. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Westminster. Per his wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service. Memorial contributions may be sent to: Washington County ARC, 820 Florida Avenue, Hagerstown, Maryland, 21740 (in honor of Thomas A. Bair), or Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Avenue, Westminster, Maryland 21157, or Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Arrangements handled by Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, Westminster.

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Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on Mar. 12, 2016
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