G. Kenneth Reiblich, an authority on constitutional law who was a professor at the University of Maryland Law School before moving to the faculty of the University of Arizona, died Friday of congestive heart failure at a nursing home in Tucson, Arizona.
A memorial service for Dr. Reiblich, who was 86 and lived in Tucson, was being held today at the Adair Funeral Chapel in Tucson.
He taught at Arizona's law school for 15 years before his retirement in 1978. He had joined the faculty at Maryland in 1930. He was an adviser and contributor to the law reviews at both schools.
He wrote an annual article on the Supreme Court from 1953 to 1983 for the West Publishing Co. and had been a consultant for the company's 25-volume Maryland legal encyclopedia.
From 1944 to 1949, he was on leave from the Maryland faculty to work for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., for which he later served as a consultant. He was on the board of the Safe Harbor Water Power Corp., which built a hydroelectric dam on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.
In 1950, he prepared a legislative report that paved the way for the establishment of the Patuxent Institution and served on its advisory board and then its governing board until moving to Arizona in 1963.
Between 1957 and 1961, he was executive secretary of the Maryland Self Survey Commission, which studied various aspects of state government, including a revision of the criminal laws.
The native of Hebbville was a 1921 graduate of Catonsville High School. He graduated in 1925 from Johns Hopkins University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and later earned a doctorate in political science. He attended the University of Maryland Law School and received his law degrees from New York University and Columbia University.
Admitted to practice in New York and Maryland and before the Supreme Court, he was a member of the American Law Institute and a life member of the American Bar Association.
He is survived by his wife, the former Minerva Mitchell; three daughters, Anne B. Leland of Kingsville, Mary L. Foley of Reston, Va., and Carol G. Cook of Towson; four sons, Kenneth T. Reiblich of Perry Point, David M. Reiblich of Indianapolis and George W. and Carroll W. Reiblich, both of Tucson; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.