Richard N. Hambleton, 70, lawyer

February 24, 1994|By DeWitt Bliss | DeWitt Bliss,Sun Staff Writer

Richard N. Hambleton, who had practiced law in Annapolis since 1959, died Sunday of complications of cancer at his home in Annapolis. He was 70.

He was an assistant Anne Arundel County solicitor from 1963 until 1965, then was an assistant county state's attorney for two years.

From 1971 until 1973, he was legal adviser to the county police department, the first to hold that job.

In the late 1960s, he was a bill analyst for the state Senate Economic Affairs Committee and a staff member in the Maryland Department of Legislative Reference.

He had losing campaigns for county state's attorney in 1970 and county executive in 1974 and 1978. In the 1974 race, he received nearly 40 percent of the vote although he ran a shoestring campaign.

In January, the government of France awarded him a gold medal for his work for 30 years organizing annual commemorations of the French troops commanded by General Rochambeau who fought in the American Revolution. The event, which will continue, is held each fall at a monument on the campus of St. John's College in Annapolis. The monument was erected by the Society of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of Maryland.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1941 graduate of the McDonogh School. During World War II, he was a Third Army infantryman under General George S. Patton in Europe. He was awarded a Combat Infantryman's Badge and a Bronze Star.

After the war, he completed his education at the University of Maryland at College Park and at the UM law school, from which he graduated in 1951.

He served in the Army Reserve and then in the National Guard from which he retired as a lieutenant colonel. He later was a colonel in the Maryland State Guard.

He was interested in genealogy and was a member of military and patriotic organizations, including the Society of the Cincinnati, the Society of the War of 1812, the Sons of the Revolution, the Sons of the American Revolution and the Military Order of the World Wars.

He was also a member of other groups, including the Annapolitan Club, the Annapolis Yacht Club, the English Speaking Union of Baltimore and the St. Andrew's Society.

Though recently a member of St. Thomas of Canterbury Traditional Episcopal Church, he maintained close ties to St. Anne's Episcopal Church on Church Circle in Annapolis where services were planned for 11 a.m. today.

His first wife, the former Kathryn Sears Cooke, died in 1960.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, the former Nancy Arrison; a daughter, Frances Hambleton Burke of Severna Park; a stepdaughter, Jane Barba Whitehead of Miami; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Post Office Box 2321, Annapolis 21404, or to St. Anne's Church.

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