Edward J. Petrick, 77, attorney, expert on workers' compensation law

November 04, 1998|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Edward J. Petrick Sr., a retired trial lawyer who was an authority on workers' compensation and rehabilitation law, died Friday of complications of supranuclear palsy at Levindale Geriatric Hospital. He was 77 and lived in Rosedale.

Mr. Petrick began his legal career in 1954 and retired as senior partner at the Baltimore firm of Rollins, Smalkin, Richards & Mackie in 1986.

He was a past president of the Maryland Workers' Compensational Educational Association, During his tenure, he was a member of a task force that investigated solutions to ethical problems involved with an injured workers' rehabilitation.

After retiring, he continued to be active in the legal community and was affiliated with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Baltimore County American Association of Retired Persons Tax Program, Baltimore County Department of Aging and Internal Revenue Service Volunteers.

He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Democratic Club of Rosedale and the Highpoint Association.

He was born in Cicero, Ill., where he graduated from high school. During World War II, Mr. Petrick enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was a crew chief with the 53rd Fighter Squadron in Europe. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant at war's end.

He earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1954 and became a member of the American Bar Association in 1957. He was also sworn in at the U.S. Supreme Court in 1980.

He was a longtime communicant of St. Clement Roman Catholic Church, 1220 Chesaco Ave., Rosedale, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Mary Ann "Micky" Michelitch; two sons, Edward J. Petrick Jr. of Hennicker, N.H., and William R. Petrick of New York City; two daughters, M. Michele Pratka of Baltimore and Ann Marie Taylor of Rockville; a brother, Robert R. Petrick of Arlington, Texas; a sister, Evelyn Knuepfer of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Society of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Inc., c/o Johns Hopkins Hospital Outpatient Center, Suite 5065, 601 N. Caroline St., Baltimore 21287.

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Pub Date: 11/04/98

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