A Mass of Christian burial for Pierce J. Lambdin, the state's first legislative auditor, will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.
Mr. Lambdin, who was 74, died Sunday of cancer at his home on Quincy Road in Towson.
He retired in 1978 after serving as director of the Division of Audits in the General Assembly's Department of Fiscal Services since it was established in 1968 to audit all state agencies and oversee the audits of the subdivisions.
From 1955 until 1968, he was deputy state auditor under the executive branch of government.
He had joined state service in 1946 and, earlier, had done accounting work for the Continental Can Co. and the old Rustless Iron and Steel Corp., now the Baltimore Specialty Steels Corp.
During World War II, he served in the Army.
A former president of the Maryland Public Finance Officers Association, Mr. Lambdin served on the board of governors of the Baltimore Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors, was a founder and former chairman of the State Auditors Coordinating Council and also served as a member of the executive committee of the National Intergovernmental Audit Forum, which he helped to start.
In addition, he was a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, the Maryland Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers, the Municipal Finance Officers Association and other professional groups.
Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Loyola High School and the Baltimore College of Commerce, and had studied at the Johns Hopkins University and an Army finance school. He became a certified public accountant in 1944.
A former president of the Maryland chapter of the Huntington's Disease Society of America, he was a member of the boards of the Fairfax Savings and Loan Association and St. Martin's Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor. He also served the parish council at Immaculate Conception Church as treasurer.
Mr. Lambdin is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Alma Campen; three daughters, Susan Beattie of Exton, Pa., Kathleen Lindenstruth of Towson, and Ann Beetz of Baltimore; two sons, Robert Lambdin of Baltimore and James Lambdin of Phoenix; and 11 grandchildren.