Judge Fred E. Waldrop of District Court dies

October 10, 1990

Services for Judge Fred E. Waldrop, who served on the District Court bench in Baltimore County from its establishment in 1971 until his retirement in 1984, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

Judge Waldrop, who was 63, died of cancer Monday at his home on Drawbridge Court in Catonsville.

He retired on medical disability after tests showed that damage from an apparent cerebral hemorrhage in 1981, for which he was hospitalized several months, and the pressures of his work could combine to endanger his health.

Before becoming a District Court judge, he was a magistrate in Towson and Essex, beginning as a substitute in 1963.

He was chairman of the Trial Magistrates of Baltimore County from 1964 to 1971, and represented the county on the executive committee of the Courts of Limited Jurisdiction in the State of Maryland.

He had practiced law for four years in Baltimore and 10 years in Baltimore County.

As a magistrate, he had supported the court reform that resulted in establishment of the District Court. He also had supported legislation that established a Housing Court in Baltimore County.

He was chairman of the 1967 Baltimore County Cancer Crusade and the first chairman of the board of the United Democrats of the 2nd Legislative District.

Twice, he lost campaigns for the legislature -- a 1962 bid for a seat in the House of Delegates and a 1966 bid for a seat in the Senate. In the House election, it appeared he was among the winners until he suggested that the figures be rechecked.

Born in Greenville, S.C., he was raised there and in Baltimore, attending the Polytechnic Institute before returning to Greenville and graduating from high school there.

After serving in the Navy during World War II, he graduated from what is now Towson State University and, in 1955, from the University of Baltimore law school.

He is survived by his wife, the former Shirley Spangler; two daughters, Cheryl Waldrop of Damascus and Susan Findley of Kansas City, Mo.; his stepmother, Ellie Mae Waldrop of Towson; a sister, Lola Bencek of Palm Beach, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

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