Francis Ballard, a prominent banking lawyer, leader of nonprofits, Navy veteran, and enthusiastic boater and choral singer, died on Friday at Cathedral Village in Roxborough at the age of 88. Mr. Ballard was the grandson of Ellis Ames Ballard, a founder of Ballard Spahr.

Mr. Ballard attended Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia and St. George’s School in Newport, R.I. He graduated from Yale University under the U.S. Navy’s officer training program and served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946. When he returned home from service, Mr. Ballard followed the tradition of his father and three older brothers and pursued a career in law.

He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School on an accelerated basis in 1948. After briefly serving as a trial attorney for the U.S. District Attorney’s office in Philadelphia, Mr. Ballard joined Ballard Spahr, where his brother Frederic Lyman Ballard (1917-2001) also practiced. He retired in 1990 after 41 years with the firm.

"With Francis's death, we have lost another link to our past, and a fine lawyer and friend," Firm Chair Mark Stewart said. "But the Ballard legacy of professional excellence and service to community, which Francis epitomized, is undiminished."

Mr. Ballard brought his optimism and energy to many nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia area. He delighted in organizing leaders with diverse experiences and outlooks on boards and committees, and in using his enthusiasm and balanced thinking to guide them to camaraderie and effectiveness. He served as President of the Boards of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, Germantown Academy, and Chestnut Hill Hospital.

In l982 Mr. Ballard co-founded the Wissahickon Hospice (now a part of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania), which was the first hospice in Pennsylvania and the first in-home hospice in the nation. More recently, he was an organizer of the Green Tree Community Health Foundation.

Mr. Ballard spent his childhood summers on Chebeague Island, Maine, and maintained a love of boats and sailing all his life. He enjoyed offshore yacht racing as a young adult and was part of a six-man crew that sailed from Newport, R.I., to Sweden aboard the 46-foot ketch "Arabella" in 1955. He loved cruising along the coast of Maine and day sailing in Frenchman Bay, Maine, where he and his family spent their summers in the town of Sorrento. A lifelong athlete, Mr. Ballard took up rowing in his 50s, both in Maine and with the University Barge Club in Philadelphia. Even into his 80s, Mr. Ballard could be found enjoying an early-morning row in a quad on the Schuylkill.

Mr. Ballard also enjoyed choral singing. He was a member of the Orpheus Club for more than 50 years. He and his wife also were members of the Berkshire Choral Festival, Michael Kemp’s Academy Chorale, and, until his death, the chorus at Cathedral Village.

Mr. Ballard is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jane Catlett Ballard; a daughter, Martha Barton Ballard (Paul Chrenka) of Minneapolis; a son, Francis Ballard, Jr. (Lisa Feuss Ballard), of Larchmont, N.Y.; grandchildren Ella Ames Ballard Chrenka, Anthony Taylor Chrenka, Andrew Griffith Ballard, and Patricia Catlett Ballard; and his dog, Sam.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, at 6001 Germantown Ave. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Green Tree Community Health Foundation, 6 E. Willow Grove Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118; or Cathedral Village, 600 E. Cathedral Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19128.