Tom Clancy, the best-selling author who died Tuesday in Baltimore, had many well-documented local ties. Here are some other tidbits about him:
— Clancy was a 1969 graduate of what is now Loyola University Maryland. His yearbook photo (pictured at right) shows he was an English major who also participated in the Chess Academy and on the debate team. Clancy received an honorary doctorate from Loyola in 1986 after giving the commencement address.
“He truly embodied the creativity we inspire our students and alumni to bring to their personal and professional lives, and we are proud to call him a member of the Loyola University Maryland family,” said Nick Alexopulos, the school’s media relations manager, in a statement.
— Clancy was behind the largest condominium transaction in Baltimore history in November 2009 when he paid $12.6 million for a penthouse space in the Ritz-Carlton residences. As we wrote at the time of the sale:
Clancy’s new home is actually three units merged into one, and a spokesman for the Ritz said the deed reflects the sale as one residence. With four bedrooms, six bathrooms and six balconies, the condo totals 11,959 square feet and boasts views of the Inner Harbor, the Chesapeake Bay past Locust Point and the area near the Camden Yards sports complex.
Other amenities include hardwood flooring, imported marble, a theater, a computer-controlled heating and cooling system, custom cabinets and three semi-private elevators.
A little more than a year later, he purchased the entire floor. (That’s a total of 17,000-plus-square-feet of living space if you’re scoring at home.)
— Clancy’s divorce from his first wife made its way to Maryland’s top court. In 2008, the Court of Appeals reversed a lower court and gave Clancy a chance to argue “that he be allowed to take his name off of a series of books written by someone else in a ‘Clancyesque’ style.”
Clancy was seeking to distance himself the bestselling “Tom Clancy’s Op-Center” books partly owned by the Jack Ryan Limited Partnership he formed with his ex-wife, Wanda King.
The couple, which divorced in 1999, settled the case in May 2010, according to court records.