W. Wallace Lanahan, Jr., who chaired the Greater Baltimore Committee in 1977-78, died July 14.
Lanahan chaired the GBC during a period when Baltimore City’s famed downtown “renaissance” and Inner Harbor revitalization were gaining substantial momentum. The GBC’s work in 1977 and 1978 included support for efforts to secure the Hyatt Regency hotel for the Inner Harbor. The GBC played a leading role in promoting voter approval in 1978 of the proposal to build Harborplace.
In 1978, the GBC also merged with the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Baltimore and broadened its focus to regional business climate issues as well as those affecting Baltimore City.