Nathan Patz, 93, lawyer in Baltimore for 70 years

August 14, 1998|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Nathan Patz, a longtime Maryland resident and attorney who practiced law in Baltimore for more than 70 years, died Wednesday of heart failure at his Pikesville home. He was 93.

Mr. Patz was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1926 and worked as an attorney until his death. He specialized in corporate law, litigation and estates, and trusts planning and administration.

"Nathan Patz has been a great legal leader and an outstanding citizen of Maryland," said John S. Toll, president of Washington College in Chestertown and chancellor emeritus of the University of Maryland.

"His brilliant legal analysis and negotiating skills resolved many controversies. He continued the practice of law into his 90s, always putting the needs of others first," he said.

In addition to legal work, Mr. Patz was also a builder who owned several buildings in the Baltimore area.

Mr. Patz was past president of the University of Maryland Alumni Association, the Bar Association of Baltimore City and the University of Maryland Alumni Association International.

He also was on the Maryland Judicial Disabilities Commission, serving 18 years in successive appointments by former Govs. Marvin Mandel, Harry R. Hughes and William Donald Schaefer.

A Baltimore native who was raised in Newport News, Va., Mr. Patz graduated from University of Maryland School of Law in 1926. He opened his first law practice in downtown Baltimore shortly afterward and moved to the current Light Street offices in the 1930s.

"[He] was revered and respected for his ethical and vigorous representation and devotion to his clients for both their personal and professional lives," said his daughter, Tucky Ramsey of Baltimore.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Sol Levinson Bros. funeral home, 8900 Reisterstown Road.

In addition to Mrs. Ramsey, Mr. Patz is survived by his wife, the former Doris Engelman, whom he married in 1932; two other daughters, Ellen Myers of Ardmore, Pa., and Barbara Patz of Baltimore; four sisters, Lillian Hackerman, Marie Cohen, Helen Chernak and Freda Seidman, all of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 8/14/98

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