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baldwin-1Thomas Baldwin, who served on the board of directors at Christendom College, passed away this past Thursday, July 30. A renowned business owner and philanthropist across the state of Maryland, Baldwin joined Christendom’s board in the spring of 1994 — a position he would hold for the next eight years. He died at the age of 89, leaving behind a legacy of generosity and lifelong commitment to Catholicism.

“Tom Baldwin served the college with distinction as a member of our Board of Directors for eight years. He was a wonderful family man and together with his wife Peggy, raised a beautiful family. As a businessman, he brought his expertise to the college and was a great supporter and friend for many years. We express our love and condolences to Peggy and the children, entrust his soul to the mercy of God and ask God for the consolation of his loved ones,” says Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, president of Christendom College.

Born in 1926, Baldwin attended Johns Hopkins Engineering School, before serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Upon his return, he graduated from Cornell University in 1949, eventually taking over Reliable Contracting Co. Inc., his family business, soon after, and leading it to becoming the largest site work contractor in the state of Maryland.

Baldwin was one of the leading businessmen and philanthropists in Maryland during his lifetime, founding Providence Center, Associated Buildings and Contractors Chesapeake, and the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation, while also serving on the boards of Catholic Charities, the Anne Arundel Association for Retarded Citizens, and Christendom College.

A lifelong, strongly committed Roman Catholic, Baldwin was instrumental in the founding of the School of the Incarnation in Maryland, and also received numerous papal honors over the course of his 89 years, including honors from the Sovereign Order of Malta, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, and the Order of St. Gregory.

A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Baldwin leaves behind his wife Peggy, five children, twelve grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

May his soul, and all the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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