Douglas N. Sharretts, partner in Baltimore law firm, dies 80

October 04, 1990

A memorial service for Douglas N. Sharretts, a retired partner in a Baltimore law firm, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Roland Park Presbyterian Church, 4801 Roland Ave.

Mr. Sharretts, who was 80 and lived on Skyline Road in Ruxton, died Monday of respiratory illness at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

He retired about six months ago as a partner in the firm of Birrane, Sharretts, Harlan and Cooke. Before that, he had practiced law independently and with other firms, including Semmes, Bowen and Semmes, with which he became associated shortly after being admitted to the bar in 1935. From 1938 until 1947, he was an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore.

That service was interrupted by World War II, during which he served as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in England and France after being drafted into the U.S. Army. His decorations included the Bronze Star.

In addition to his law practice, he served for a time as executive director of the Maryland Insurance Guaranty Association and was a member of the national, state and city bar associations.

He served for a time as acting secretary of the Baltimore bar and had chaired its criminal courts and legislative committees.

Mr. Sharretts, who served on the board of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, had been instrumental in getting the legislature to appropriate $50,000 for the orchestra in 1956. In 1957, he headed a drive to raise $150,000.

He was fond of classical music, jazz and folk music, which he often played on his guitar.

He also enjoyed sailing, motor boating and fishing on the bay. His first sailboat was a skipjack.

Born in Baltimore, he attended the Polytechnic Institute before graduating from City College. He then studied at the Eaton and Burnett Business College and worked for three years for an insurance company before becoming, in 1932, secretary and then bailiff to the chief judge of the Supreme Bench of Baltimore.

He worked at the courthouse until he graduated from the University of Baltimore law school and was admitted to the bar.

He is survived by his wife, the former Germaine A. Liscia; two daughters, Jacqueline L. Lansing of Denver and Lisette S. Burke of Baltimore; a brother, R. Carleton Sharretts Jr. of Parkton; and five grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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