Patricia Johns King, 52, attorney, teacher

October 03, 1999|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Patricia Johns King, an attorney and former Baltimore Community Relations Commission member, died of cancer Tuesday at Mercy Hospital. The Cheswolde resident was 52.

A lawyer who worked in the children's protection field, Mrs. King also helped resolve discrimination issues with the city Community Relations Commission.

"She was a wonderful conciliator," said Alvin O. Gillard, Community Relations Commission director.

Mrs. King became an investigator for the commission in 1974. She handled cases involving employment discrimination and helped manage conciliation, public hearings and appeals for the agency.

Deciding to go into law, she received her degree from the University of Maryland in 1987 and practiced in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

She joined the law office of Norris Ramsay and established her own practice, focusing on family law, child abuse and neglect cases, in 1993.

"She was totally committed to her work with children," said Edwina Downer, a Baltimore attorney and colleague. "Pat positively touched their lives."

Born in Easton, the former Patricia Johns was reared in Jonestown, an African-American town about two miles from Preston. Her grandfather owned much of Jonestown, where she was nurtured in a large extended family.

The class valedictorian at Lockerman High School in Preston in 1965, she graduated from then-Morgan State College with honors in 1969 with a history degree. At Morgan, she sang soprano in the choir.

After graduation, she taught for five years in the Baltimore public schools. An avid reader and book collector, she also enjoyed gourmet cooking, singing, writing poetry, family trips and skiing.

She was a member of the American Arbitration Association and the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys. In 1975, she married Richard V. King, who survives her.

Services will be held at 11: 30 a.m. today at the Unity Center of Christianity, 2901 N. Charles St., where she sang in the choir and worked in the church bookstore.

She is also survived by a son, Ion King of College Park; two daughters, Tonya Davis of Gaithersburg and Valencia King of New York City; her mother, Rosetta Johns of Jonestown; three sisters, Darlene Sturdivant of Parkville, Rebecca Hackett of Baltimore and Melody Johns of Philadelphia; and five brothers, Roy E. Johns of Olney, Don O. Johns of Elkridge, Steven Johns of Jonestown, Arville Johns of Jonestown and Darron Johns of Jonestown.

Pub Date: 10/02/99

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