A Mass of Christian burial for John L. Askew, a semi-retired Towson attorney, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Nativity, 1800 Vista Lane, Lutherville.
Mr. Askew, who lived at Versailles Apartments in Towson, died Friday at Good Samaritan Hospital of congestive heart failure. He was 78.
A real estate attorney for 46 years who lived for his work and his family, Mr. Askew continued to practice until one month ago. He was counsel to the Towson firm of Royston, Mueller, McClean & Reid and served as attorney to and was a member of the board of directors of Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan Association.
Before that, he was a senior partner with Askew, Wilson and DiCicco in Towson, formed in 1945 and dissolved eight years ago. He began his career in the state's attorney's office in Towson.
Born in Osceola Mills, Pa., Mr. Askew lived in Phoenix for 37 years before moving to Towson six years ago.
In high school he considered entering the priesthood and for a short time attended St. Charles Preparatory College in Catonsville. He graduated from St. Margaret's School in Bel Air and in 1934 earned a bachelor of arts degree from Loyola College. He was awarded a law degree in 1937 from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Mr. Askew was president of the Baltimore County Bar Association from 1964 to 1965. For 20 years, he was a special appeals agent for the Maryland State Draft Board.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Dorothy C. Hurline; two sons, Dr. R. Reeve Askew of Easton and John L. Askew Jr. of Phoenix; a daughter, Jacquelyn Askew of Timonium; three grandsons; and four granddaughters.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Lung Association.