John J. Gilmore

John J. Gilmore

printed 11/20/2020


John J. “Jack “ Gilmore, a retired broadcasting executive, who had worked at WBAL-TV, Maryland Public Television and National Public Radio, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, from cancer at his Berlin, Maryland home.

The former Lutherville resident was 81.

John Joseph “Jack” Gilmore, son of George Dewey Gilmore, a Baltimore-based district manager for the Automatic Sprinkler Corporation of America, and his wife, Margaret Travers Gilmore, a homemaker, was born in Cranford, New Jersey.

He was 7 years old when he moved with his family to Rodgers Forge in Baltimore.

He is a graduate of the old Towson Catholic High School and attended the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1962 from the University of Baltimore.

Mr. Gilmore spent 35 years as a media executive working in sales at WBAL-TV from 1971 to 1991, spending his last decade there as vice president of sales.

He was vice president of local and regional marketing at Maryland Public Television from 1994 to 1998.

Jack retired in 2003 from National Public Radio where he had been director of Sponsorship and Marketing for five years.

After leaving NPR, Jack retired to Ocean Pines in Berlin, Maryland.

An avid waterman, in his youth he spent his summers working as a first mate on fishing boats from the Talbot Street docks in Ocean City, Maryland, and eventually got his captain’s license. He continued to enjoy boating and fishing in his retirement.

Mr. Gilmore passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by his family on Nov. 8, 2020.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 59 years, Margie Gilmore (nee Smith); beloved children, Kathy Miller (Mark), Kelley Gilmore (Angela), Margaret Gilmore (Stacey) and John Gilmore (Natalie); cherished grandkids, John and Abbey Harriss, Madison, Anna, Haley and Jack Miller, Anabelle, Mason and Georgia Koff-Gilmore, and Lili Gilmore.

He was treasured by a bounty of dearly loved family and friends.

A Funeral Mass was held on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Church in Towson, Maryland.

Donations may be made in memory of Jack Gilmore to the LGS Foundation at; or to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Maryland 21802.

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