Lewis Matthews Jr., real es­tate sales­man

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Lewis R. “Dick” Matthews Jr., whose ca­reer in real es­tate sales spanned three decades, died Sun­day from con­ges­tive heart fail­ure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Tow­son. He was 81.

The son of Lewis R. Matthews Sr., a sales­man, and Estelle Lewis, a home­maker, Lewis Richard Matthews Jr. was born in Bal­ti­more and raised in Stoneleigh. In 1957 he mar­ried Eudell Sharpe. He grad­u­ated in 1953 from Tow­son High School, then at­tended Duke Univer­sity, where he was a mem­ber of Delta Tau Delta fra­ter­nity and grad­u­ated in 1957 with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree.

Af­ter col­lege, Mr. Matthews be­gan his ca­reer in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sales for Hoff­mann La Roche, even­tu­ally be­com­ing a sales man­ager. While work­ing for the com­pany, he held sales as­sign­ments in Pitts­burgh, Tampa, Fla., and New Or­leans, as well as in New Jer­sey.

He and his wife moved to Bal­ti­more with their two sons.

Mr. Matthews was teach­ing mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy at Bal­ti­more Com­mu­nity Col­lege when he earned his real es­tate li­cense in 1970 and then went into real es­tate sales.

Dur­ing his ca­reer he worked for Gay­lord Brooks, Rus­sell T. Baker and Matthews & Co. When he re­tired in 2009, he was a sales man­ager at Long & Foster’s Tow­son of­fice.

The for­mer Cock­eysville res­i­dent, who lived in Hunt Val­ley for the last decade, was an avid, life­long run­ner. Fam­ily mem­bers re­called that when he was in high school, Mr. Matthews had won a state cham­pi­onship in the 220yard dash. In his youth, he played base­ball and par­tic­i­pated in the Lit­tle League World Se­ries in Wil­liamsport, Pa.

In re­cent years, he com­peted in four marathons and was a mem­ber of the Road Run­ners of Mary­land. He was also a Ravens and Ori­oles fan. He and his wife were world trav­el­ers and had vis­ited such places as Machu Pic­chu and the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands.

Mr. Matthews was a mem­ber of the Scot­tish Rite, Ma­sons and the Boumi Tem­ple.

He was a mem­ber of Ti­mo­nium United Methodist Church, 2300 Pot Spring Road, Ti­mo­nium, where a me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at 11 a.m. to­day.

In ad­di­tion to his wife, he is sur­vived by two sons, Rick Matthews of Bald­win and Randy Matthews of Sev­erna Park; a brother, James Matthews of Tow­son; and five grand­chil­dren.

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