Edward C. Mackie, 74, trial lawyer

April 17, 1999|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Edward C. Mackie, 74, a trial lawyer who practiced in downtown Baltimore for 44 years, died Monday of cancer at his Guilford home.

Known for his gentlemanly courtroom demeanor, Mr. Mackie was a well-known figure in the local insurance industry, whose interests he defended during his long career.

"He was an extremely gifted trial lawyer who was ever-courteous and civil to all lawyers and litigants," said his law partner, Raymond A. Richards. "We had more of a friendship than a partnership."

Born in Providence, R.I., Mr. Mackie briefly attended Brown University before joining the Army, in which he served with the 9th Infantry Division in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany as a technical sergeant during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star.

After the war, he enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he obtained his undergraduate degree. He went on to its law school, was admitted to the Maryland bar and became a claims supervisor for Allstate Insurance.

In 1955, he joined the firm that is now Rollins, Smalkin, Richards and Mackie, with offices at the corner of Charles and Mulberry streets. In 1953, he married the former Carolyn Reis, who survives him.

In the 1970s, the couple purchased an old Monkton farm that Mr. Mackie named Tignish, an Indian word meaning "a place of peace and rest." There, he indulged in his favorite hobbies -- reading and book collecting. "He took an old toolshed and added some carpeting and had a carpenter install shelves. He wound up with 10,000 books," said his son Patrick Mackie of Cockeysville.

Mr. Mackie was a 44-year member of the Cockeysville-Timonium Lions Club and served as its president, treasurer and secretary. He worked on the club's projects to overcome vision and hearing disabilities.

He was a longtime parishioner at the Roman Catholic Basilica of the Assumption, where he regularly served at the Latin Mass. A Mass was offered yesterday at the basilica.

Other survivors include a son, Paul R. Mackie of Homer, Alaska; three daughters, Carol Morris of St. Mary's City, Margaret Zellhofer of Baltimore and Teresa Richard of Houston; and 11 grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Cancer Association, Suite 203, 1234 Sherman Ave., Evanston, Ill., 60202-1375.

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