Robert Wright "Bus" Fleming, 84, who was president and director of Folger, Nolan, Fleming, Douglas Inc., one of Washington's oldest and largest independent investment concerns, died Feb. 8 at a golf club in Jamaica after a heart attack.
He was stricken while on the 17th green of the Tryall Golf Club near Montego Bay.
Mr. Fleming, a Bethesda resident, was a native Washingtonian and a 1941 graduate of George Washington University. He got his nickname from a nanny who playfully called him "bussey boy" when he was an infant.
He entered the Navy during World War II, serving as a lieutenant commander in the Pacific, including a tour aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga.
After the war, he spent two years as a public relations representative for Pan American Airlines. A short time later, he turned his attention to the world of finance, following in the footsteps of his father, Robert V. Fleming, who was then board chairman and president of Riggs National Bank.
The younger Mr. Fleming joined the investment banking firm of Folger, Nolan & Co. in 1948 and two years later became a partner.
In 1953, the firm merged with W.B. Hibbs & Co., a brokerage business that had been in operation since the late 1800s. The new entity occupied its own building at 725 15th St. NW.
Mr. Fleming was a director of such businesses as Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co., Perpetual Savings Bank and Security Storage Co. He was an advisory director of Riggs National Bank, a member of the finance committee of the National Geographic Society, a past board chairman of the Endowment Fund of the American National Red Cross and a past member of the board of governors of the National Association of Securities Dealers.
He was an original member of the board of directors of what is now Medlantic Healthcare Group. He was a member of the board's executive committee for more than 40 years and past chairman of the audit committee.
He was past president of the Chevy Chase and the Burning Tree clubs, a past governor of the Metropolitan Club, and a member of the Alfalfa Club, the Pine Valley Golf Club and the U.S. Seniors Golf Association.
He had been a Redskins season-ticket holder since the Redskins came to Washington in 1937.
His wife of 50 years, Martha Wills Fleming, died in 1992.
Survivors include three children, Margaret Fleming Abbott of Chevy Chase, Robert Vedder Fleming II of Washington and Bruce Wright Fleming of Baltimore; a sister; and seven grandchildren.