Don­ald W. Car­roll Jr.

Navy vet­eran op­er­ated a ship agency busi­ness and was named the port of Bal­ti­more’s 2003 Leader of the Year

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - By Jacques Kelly jacques.kelly@balt­sun.com

Don­ald Ward Car­roll Jr., who owned a ship agency busi­ness and was the port of Bal­ti­more’s 2003 Leader of the Year, died of can­cer Oct. 21 at his Mays Chapel home. He was 76.

Born in Bal­ti­more, he was raised on his fam­ily’s Water­foot Farm off Falls Road in north­ern Bal­ti­more County. He was the son of Don­ald Ward Car­roll Sr., who op­er­ated his fam­ily’s mar­itime busi­ness, and his wife, He­len Herd.

He was a 1958 Gil­man School grad­u­ate and earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in his­tory at Trin­ity Col­lege in Hart­ford, Conn.

Mr. Car­roll joined the Navy in 1962 and was a grad­u­ate of Of­fi­cer Can­di­date School in New­port, R.I. He served aboard the USS Alacrity and was based in Charleston, S.C. He was part of the U.S. mil­i­tary pres­ence off Cuba at the time of the 1962 Cuban mis­sile cri­sis. He also served a tour in the Mediter­ranean.

Mr. Car­roll met his fu­ture wife, Anne Wor­thing­ton Gil­liam, while he was sta­tioned in Charleston.

Af­ter his mil­i­tary ser­vice, Mr. Car­roll re­turned to Bal­ti­more and joined his fa­ther at Robert C. Herd and Co. on Red­wood Street. The busi­ness had been founded by his ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther, Robert C. Herd, a na­tive of Scot­land who be­gan work at age 12 in a Glas­gow ship bro­ker’s of­fice and later sailed on squarerig­gers.

Mr. Car­roll ran the fam­ily’s steve­dore and ship agency busi­ness. He han­dled trade matters lo­cally for the Maersk, French and Hol­land Amer­ica lines un­til 1986, when he opened the Bal­ti­more of­fice of T. Parker Host Inc. of Nor­folk, Va.

He be­came the lo­cal agent for the Columbus Line’s con­tainer ser­vice to Aus­tralia and New Zealand, among other car­ri­ers.

“Don was smart, hon­est and a fine busi­ness­man,” said Michael P. Cata­neo, for­mer pres­i­dent of Cata­neo Inc. and a Bal­ti­more res­i­dent. “He was a first-class guy. He was a cus­tomer of mine, and I con­sid­ered him a friend.”

He sub­se­quently opened the firm’s Wilm­ing­ton, Del., of­fice. He re­tired in 2010, and by then T. Parker Host had es­tab­lished it­self as a large agency in the port of Bal­ti­more.

“Don came from a long ship­ping back­ground,” said David Host, chair­man of T. Parker Host Inc., of Nor­folk. “He was well-liked and had some great con­nec­tions world­wide.”

In 2000, Mr. Car­roll was ap­pointed hon­orary con­sul for Fin­land in Mary­land and Delaware. At the time of his re­tire­ment, he was named a Knight First Class of the Or­der of the Lion of Fin­land.

In 2003, he was named the port of Bal­ti­more’s Leader of the Year. He also served on the boards of the Bal­ti­more Mar­itime Ex­change and the Bal­ti­more Pro­pel­ler Club.

“Don Car­roll was an im­por­tant com­po­nent of the port of Bal­ti­more’s suc­cess,” said Jim White, direc­tor of the Mary­land Port Ad­min­is­tra­tion. “I of­ten counted on him to have an in­de­pen­dent and well-thought-out opin­ion. He had an in­cred­i­ble sense as to the di­rec­tion of in­ter­na­tional mar­itime af­fairs.”

Gov. Harry Hughes named Mr. Car­roll to the State Board of Pi­lots, where he served sev­eral terms. In 2009, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land Pi­lots awarded him the hon­orary ti­tle Cap­tain of the Ch­e­sa­peake. “Don was an im­por­tant mem­ber of the State Board of Pi­lots,” said Brian Hope, a re­tired Ch­e­sa­peake Bay pi­lot. “He was an as­tute busi­ness­man and a mover and shaker at the port. He served on our ap­pren­tice se­lec­tion com­mit­tee. His ideas were use­ful and he helped se­lect a num­ber of ex­cel­lent can­di­dates over the years who are now serv­ing as pi­lots.”

He was a board mem­ber of the Bal­ti­more In­ter­na­tional Sea­far­ers’ Cen­ter in Lo­cust Point, where a me­mo­rial fund has been cre­ated in his honor. Mr. Car­roll was ac­tive in the St. Ge­orge’s and St. An­drew’s so­ci­eties. He also trav­eled to China, Eng­land, France, Ire­land and Scan­di­navia.

“His fam­ily was al­ways im­por­tant to him,” said a son, Ed­ward Wor­thing­ton “Ned” Car­roll of Char­lotte, N.C. “He en­joyed vis­it­ing and see­ing his grand­chil­dren grow, learn, per­form and com­pete. He al­ways had the time to coach Lit­tle League or lead a church youth group.

“Through­out his life, he showed care and com­pas­sion for oth­ers,” his son said.

Funeral ser­vices will be held at 10 a.m. Satur­day at St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church, 4400 Roland Ave., where he was an ac­tive mem­ber and vestry mem­ber. He was also a sum­mer mem­ber of St. Martha’s Church in Bethany Beach, Del.

In ad­di­tion to his son, sur­vivors in­clude an­other son, Alexan­der Camp­bell “Sandy” Car­roll of Nor­wood, Mass.; and five grand­chil­dren. His wife of nearly 50 years died in 2014. Don­ald W. Car­roll Jr. served in the Navy dur­ing the 1962 Cuban mis­sile cri­sis.

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