Edward S. Digges, 86, attorney, veteran

September 21, 2002

Edward S. Digges, a retired assistant attorney general from Charles County, died Saturday of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and prostate cancer at Abby Manor in La Plata. He was 86.

Born at his family's home in La Plata, Mr. Digges graduated from the McDonogh School in Baltimore in 1935 and from St. John's College in Annapolis in 1939. After finishing his first year of law school at the University of Maryland in 1941, he joined the Army Air Corps.

Mr. Digges served as a B-24 bombardier in the South Pacific during World War II and returned to the United States in 1943 to train combat pilots. He was honorably discharged as a major in 1945 and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart and the Army Air Corps Medal.

After leaving the Army, Mr. Digges returned to the University of Maryland law school and graduated in 1947. He practiced in Charles County and was appointed an assistant attorney general in 1952. He was assigned to the Tidewater Fisheries Commission, which later became the Department of Chesapeake Bay Affairs and is now the Department of Natural Resources. He returned to private practice in 1968.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Chapel Point.

Mr. Digges is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Maria McHugh Digges of La Plata; a son, Edward S. Digges Jr. of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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