Richard P. Gilbert dies, was special appeals judgeJudge...


March 12, 1991

Richard P. Gilbert dies, was special appeals judge

Judge Richard P. Gilbert, who was chief judge of the Court of Special Appeals from 1976 until his retirement last November, died early yesterday at the home of friends in White Hall. He had been ill with leukemia.

A memorial service for Judge Gilbert, who was 67 and lived in Annapolis, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Charles Street and Melrose Avenue.

Recently, he was the recipient of the Heeney Award of the criminal section of the Maryland State Bar Association.

He also had received a Distinguished Jurist Award from the Sigma Delta Kappa law fraternity and an honorary doctorate from the University of Baltimore, which named him Alumnus of the Year in 1982.

Judge Gilbert was appointed to the Court of Special Appeals in 1971, five years before being named chief judge.

The first chief judge of that court, Robert C. Murphy, now Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, said yesterday that Judge Gilbert was "an extraordinarily able fellow, particularly as a judge."

"He was absolutely exceptional. He did the work of three men," Judge Murphy said.

Former chairman of the Commission on Judicial Disabilities, Judge Gilbert had worked on an American Bar Association advisory committee on judicial discipline and had been on the executive committee of the Council of Chief Judges of Courts of Appeal.

Before his appointment to the Court of Special Appeals, he hadbeen a partner of Marvin Mandel in the former governor's law firm of Mandel, Gilbert, Rocklin and Franklin since 1966.

Earlier, he had been a partner when the firm was Gilbert and Rocklin.

A Republican, he served as president of the Young Republicans from 1955 to 1957.

From 1959 to 1961, he headed the Republican State Central Committee for Baltimore City.

Judge Gilbert had been a magistrate in Baltimore between 1955 and 1959, mostly in traffic court where he served as acting chief traffic magistrate in 1958.

From 1963 until 1965, he was chairman of the Off Street Parking Commission and from 1965 until 1971 was a member of the city's Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School and the University of Baltimore where he earned an associate in arts degree and two law degrees.

He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II. During the Korean War he served as a lawyer in court-martial proceedings.

Author or co-author of a number of professional papers and books, Judge Gilbert lectured at the American Academy of Judicial Education and taught at the University of Baltimore, where he chaired the Law School Advisory Committee. He was a member of the American Judicature Society and of the Baltimore, Maryland and American bar associations.

He is survived by his wife, the former Audrey Rude; two sons, Richard J. Gilbert of Rodgers Forge and Paul T. Gilbert of Annapolis; two brothers, William F. and Bruce M. Gilbert, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister, Yvonne Harberts of Hudson, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Services for Florence Jed, who had been treasurer of several community groups, will be held at 3 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral establishment, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mrs. Jed, who was 67, died Sunday of cancer at her home in the One Slade Condominium.

She served as secretary-treasurer of the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah and as treasurer of the Sisterhood of the Chizuk Amuno Congregation and the 1973 Mayor's Ball Committee to raise money for the arts.

Mrs. Jed retired about three years ago after 10 years as office manager of the El-Jay Leasing Co., an industrial equipment company owned by her husband, Leonard Jed, whose Leonard Jed Co. sells bolts and other industrial supplies.

The former Florence Stein was a native of Baltimore who attended Forest Park High School before her graduation from Western High School.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include two daughters, Dr. Erica Harbage of South Paris, Maine, and Dr. Stephanie Jed of San Diego; a sister, Sadie Shub of Baltimore; a brother, Samuel Stein of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

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