Judge Fred E. Waldrop, who served on the District Court bench in Baltimore County from its establishment in 1971 until his retirement in 1984, died of cancer Monday at his home on Drawbridge Court in Catonsville. He was 63.
Services for Judge Waldrop will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke funeral establishment, 1630 Edmondson Ave., 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.
Born in Greenville, S.C., he was raised there and in Baltimore, attending the Polytechnic Institute before returning to Greenville, where he graduated from high school.
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 School of Law.
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.