Lucy Weisz, 47, assistant attorney general

October 15, 1997|By Karen Masterson | Karen Masterson,SUN STAFF

Lucy A. Weisz, a Maryland assistant attorney general and tireless consumer rights advocate, died Oct. 6 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson after a two-year battle with melanoma. She was 47.

"She didn't want to see people cheated, especially people who didn't have the skills to fully understand their rights," said Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., Weisz's boss for 10 of her 14 years with the Consumer Protection Division of the attorney general's office. "She was just one of the nicest people I think I've met."

While Ms. Weisz spent her vacations doing volunteer work in places such as India and Hungary, her day-to-day work included protecting the public from fraud.

She helped prosecute high-profile consumer cases, including one in which the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled that customers who paid for unnecessary automobile transmission repairs should be compensated.

"She was shocked by injustice. She had an unerring sense of what was right and then she'd try to correct whatever she saw that was wrong," said Carolyn Rodis, a co-worker and longtime friend.

Born in Washington, Ms. Weisz lived in many places while her father served in the Foreign Service. She lived in Paris as a toddler and then again as a student at the Universite de Paris.

Her family moved to India when she was 15, where she stayed until enrolling at the University of Wisconsin in 1969.

In 1978, she graduated from Antioch School of Law in Washington, which was known for its focus on civic activism and public advocacy. She also earned a master's degree in law from Georgetown University and taught alternative dispute resolution at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

According to friends and family, Ms. Weisz's vocation was an extension of her upbringing.

"When she was just a little girl, we were picketing an amusement park in Glen Echo [in Montgomery County] because it was segregated," said a sister, Ellen Bleeker of Redwood, Wash.

Another example of a typical family outing was in 1956, when the family went door to door in Paris collecting clothes to send to Hungary in support of uprisings against the Soviet occupation. Mrs. Bleeker said Ms. Weisz was 6 years old then.

Nearly 35 years later, Ms. Weisz took a leave of absence to go to Hungary as a volunteer English teacher. She also taught English to Russian immigrants in Baltimore.

Ms. Weisz returned to India during her college summers to work for the Christian Agency for Social Action.

"As a child she was always running around doing all kinds of good deeds. She never thought to do anything but help people," said her mother, Yetta Weisz of Mitchellville.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville.

Other survivors include her father, Morris Weisz of Mitchellville; a brother, David Weisz of Bethesda; and longtime, special friend William Leibovici of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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