Charles S. H. My­ers, trade group pres­i­dent

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Charles S. H. My­ers, for­mer pres­i­dent of Leather In­dus­tries of Amer­ica who also en­joyed cul­ti­vat­ing aza­leas, died Fri­day of com­pli­ca­tions from can­cer at Gilchrist Hospice Cen­ter in Columbia. The Lau­rel res­i­dent was 82. The son of Charles Spur­geon My­ers, a pur­chas­ing agent, and Estelle My­ers, a home­maker, Charles Stephen Hill My­ers was born in Bal­ti­more and raised in May­field.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Gil­man School in 1953, he served in the Army as a cryp­tog­ra­pher in Germany. He was dis­charged in 1956.

He at­tended the Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity on the GI Bill of Rights and earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in busi­ness in 1960.

Mr. My­ers worked in Wash­ing­ton for var­i­ous trade as­so­ci­a­tions.

For the last 20 years, un­til his re­tire­ment in 2003, he was pres­i­dent of Leather In­dus­tries of Amer­ica.

Fam­ily mem­bers said he led Amer­i­can tan­ner­ies into the 21st cen­tury dur­ing a pe­riod of chal­leng­ing global mar­kets.

The for­mer El­li­cott City res­i­dent, who lived in Lau­rel, en­joyed cul­ti­vat­ing aza­leas and cared for hun­dreds of plants. He trav­eled to Exbury Gar­dens in Hamp­shire, Eng­land, to study its col­lec­tion of aza­leas and rhodo­den­drons cul­ti­vated by hy­bridizer Lionel de Roth­schild.

Mr. My­ers was also a col­lec­tor of Chi­nese ex­port porce­lain.

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

Mr. My­ers is sur­vived by his wife of 58 years, the for­mer Mary Jane Bor­rows; three sons, John My­ers and Michael My­ers, both of Lau­rel, and Chuck My­ers of Colorado Springs; a daugh­ter, Stephanie Grady of Poughquag, N.Y.; a brother, Don­ald My­ers of Braden­ton, Fla.; and eight grand­chil­dren.

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