Pierce J. Lambdin, the state's first legislative auditor, died Sunday of cancer at his home on Quincy Road in Towson. He was 74.
A mass of Christian burial for Mr. Lambdin will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church 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.
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.
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 in Baltimore County; and 11 grandchildren.