Roy F. Emery, a retired dairy farmer, land developer and lawyer who lived in Howard County for 29 years, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Corrales, N.M., where he raised thoroughbred race horses.
He was 70.
A lover of seafood, even in the last stages of his illness, he asked his son in Laurel to send him a Maryland crab cake.
Born in Chicago, he graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 1942.
He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II as a B-17 navigator and later a bombardier who participated in numerous missions over Europe. He left the military with the rank of captain.
He married Jacqueline Marchal in 1949 and settled in Cooksville in western Howard County, where he operated a dairy farm. He also attended Georgetown University Law School, graduating and passing the Maryland Bar in 1957.
Besides practicing law in Ellicott City, he was active in land development in the fast-growing suburban county. In 1959, he and his family moved to the historic 18th-century residence, Howard Lodge, in Sykesville. He was divorced in 1971.
He was known as one of the more colorful members of the Howard County Bar, often reading his poetry to fellow lawyers.
Thomas E. Lloyd, an Ellicott City attorney, recalled that Mr. Emery was good at one-upmanship in the courtroom. He said Mr. Emery had taken an obscure volume of Atlantic Reporter, which cites law cases in Maryland and surrounding states, from the local bar library in the early 1960s and kept it in his desk drawer. "In several cases, he would cite some precedent out of that volume and nobody could check on it because he had the only copy," said Mr. Lloyd.
Mr. Emery retired from his Ellicott City law practice in 1978.
Surviving are two daughters, Ariane Emery-Cohen of Albuquerque, N.M., and Lynn Emery-Bowen of Annapolis; a son, Christopher Emery of Laurel; a sister, Trena Mulligan of Los Angeles; and three grandchildren.
Private services are planned.