Hampstead, Md. — Willis Keyes Lynch, 95, died on Tuesday, June 3, 2003, in Hampstead, Md.
Mr. Lynch was born on Dec. 28, 1907, in Alvon, W.V., the third of six sons and one daughter of George Henry Lynch and Mary Gertrude Keyes. Following his mother's death, Mr. Lynch moved to Baltimore, Md., to attend school with the sponsorship of his aunt, Guelda Lynch Day.
During his high school years, Mr. Lynch attended McDonogh School, where he was an exceptional athlete. In 1927, he led his team at McDonogh to its first football victory over their rival, Gilman Boys School. Earning an athletic scholarship to St. John's College in Annapolis, Md., he graduated in 1932 and returned to the McDonogh School to teach history and run the riding department. Several of his equestrian students reached the Olympic level.
From 1937 to 1963, Mr. Lynch worked every summer at Camps Red Wing and Red Cloud in Pt. Au Roche, camps started by the headmaster at McDonogh School, Dr. Louis E. Lamborn. Mr. Lynch's duties at the camps included transporting and working with their horses and construction of many of the camp's structures, some of which still exist on the current site of Pt. Au Roche State Park.
Mr. Lynch married Katrine Lovell in Elmira, N.Y., in 1935. Following his retirement in 1973, he and his wife settled on a little farm outside Hampstead, enjoying gardening and visits from family and friends. Mrs. Lynch died on Jan. 17, 2002.
Mr. Lynch is survived by his four children, Michael Willis Lynch and Katherine L. Stuart of Hampstead, Md., Patrick Lovell Lynch of Gladstone, N.J., and Mary L. Simmers of Boring, Md.; by four grandchildren; and by three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his first cousins, James Lynch and Hilda Casey-Jenkins and their families and by the families of William and Guelda Lynch Paradise, Thayer and Helen Lynch, Jerome and Daisy Lynch Felton and Richard and Lita Lynch Kelly.
Mr. Lynch was cremated at Eline's Funeral Home in Hampstead. Following the scattering of some of his ashes at the family homestead in West Virginia, a final interment will be held at the McDonogh Columbarium on the school's campus. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made in his name to McDonogh School, P.O. Box 380, Owings Mills, MD 21117-0380.