Henry L. Rogers, attorney and judge

October 14, 1992

Henry L. Rogers, attorney and former District Court judge, died yesterday after a prolonged hospitalization. He was 73.

A memorial service will be conducted at Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road, at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

As a judge, he frequently took unconventional approaches to the law and to issues of social justice.

After hearing many landlord-tenant cases, he called for a more unified approach to housing litigation that would allow tenants a chance to complain about substandard housing conditions.

He was also a frequent contributor to The Sun and other publications on subjects ranging from the legal to the etymological to the amusing.

In 1987, he gained recognition when he defended Mary Gilmore, a woman who had escaped from a Maryland prison in 1973 and fled to upstate New York. Ms. Gilmore ultimately was pardoned.

During his career, he was involved with, on the board of, or a volunteer for Legal Aid of Baltimore, the Community Action Center of East Baltimore, the Baltimore Tutorial Project, Sinai Hospital and a variety of social, political and charitable organizations.

The Baltimore native attended city public schools and Yale University, from which he graduated in 1939.

After graduate work in political science at Johns Hopkins University, he served in the 29th Division, 110th Field Artillery, in the Pacific during World War II. He was discharged as a captain in 1946.

After the war, he received his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and, in 1948, began to practice law with his father, Solomon Rogers.

He became assistant state's attorney under Anselm Sodaro in 1950, a magistrate in the city's Northern District in 1955, and was appointed to the People's Court in 1958. The People's Court later became part of the District Court.

He retired in 1976 after a medical leave, following a heart attack.

Survivors include his wife, the former Margaret Phelps; three children, Estelle Rogers of Washington, Jonathan Rogers of Baltimore and Martha W. P. Rogers, also of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Friends are invited to visit at the home of Mr. Rogers' son at 7703 Crossland Road from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

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