E. Thomas Stahl, lawyer, assisted churches Pro-bono work aided inner city

December 27, 1992|By Staff Report

E. Thomas W. Stahl, a Baltimore attorney who did pro-bono legal work for inner-city churches, died Monday at his Towson home after suffering for years with Parkinson's disease.

Born in Baltimore April 19, 1920, the 72-year-old was the son of Martha Ellen Snyder Stahl and William H. Stahl.

He grew up in West Baltimore, attended Boys' Latin School and graduated from West Nottingham Academy in Colora, Md.

Just before his graduation from Maryville College, in Tennessee, Mr. Stahl was drafted and served in Europe in an Army intelligence unit, doing photo interpretation for such officers as Gen. George S. Patton.

He was among the American troops who liberated Dachau, the Nazi death camp near Munich.

In 1945, Mr. Stahl returned to Baltimore and married Elizabeth Frances Smith of Mount Hope, W. Va., who later taught for many years in Baltimore County public elementary schools. The couple lived in Roland Park for 26 years.

After his graduation from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1948, Mr. Stahl went into private practice in Baltimore, specializing in corporate law and estate planning.

He also worked with small inner-city churches, including some storefront congregations, and did free legal work for them when they faced problems with the city bureaucracy.

He took a special interest in Westminster Church, on West Fayette Street, working on its long-term finances.

After he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1978, Mr. Stahl became interested in medical research on the illness and was a subject in an experimental study run by the Johns Hopkins University Parkinson's Disease Center.

He belonged to the American, Maryland and Baltimore bar associations, as well as other organizations. He also was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service will be conducted in the church chapel, 4200 St. Paul St., at 2 p.m., Wednesday.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth Stahl Ollove of Rodgers Forge, Judith Stahl Robertson of Brookfield Center, Conn., and Frances Stahl Bernstein of Bethesda; and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests contributions to the Johns Hopkins University Parkinson's Disease Center, Reed Hall, 1620 McElderry St., Baltimore 21205.

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