James Royall Tippett Jr., 93, attorney, veteran

March 06, 2003

James Royall Tippett Jr., a retired attorney and decorated World War II veteran, died Saturday of pneumonia at Roland Park Place, where he moved last year. The former Roland Park resident was 93.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Walbrook, he attended St. Cecilia Parochial School, Mount St. Mary's Preparatory School and Marston's University School for Boys. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from the Johns Hopkins University, where he played lacrosse, appeared in dramatics productions of the Barnstormers and was secretary of the Tudor and Stuart Club, a literary society. He also had a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.

After working for John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. and Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., he joined a law practice founded by his grandfather, Richard B. Tippett, in downtown Baltimore.

The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mr. Tippett enlisted in the Navy. He initially served in an intelligence unit and later aboard the escort aircraft carrier USS Lunga Point. He saw action at Leyte, Iwo Jima, Lingayuan Gulf, Okinawa and the China Sea. He was wounded when a kamikaze pilot crashed into his ship. Mr. Tippett achieved the rank of commander and received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

He was a partner in the law firm of Hinkley and Singley. He was later associated with other firms, including Clapp and Somerville and Whiteford Taylor and Preston. He retired in 1996.

A member of the American, Maryland and Baltimore bar associations, Mr. Tippett also belonged to the American Judicature Society. He was elected to the University of Maryland Law School's Order of the Coif.

He was a parishioner of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where a Mass was offered yesterday, and belonged to the Holy Name Society, the St. Thomas More Society, the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men and the Catholic Benevolent League.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 52 years, the former Susan Randall Pincoffs, a retired Catholic Charities social worker; a son, James J. Tippett of Ukiah, Calif.; two daughters, Susan Randall Tippett of Pelham, Mass., and Ann Tippett Nutt of Weymouth, Mass.; and five grandchildren.

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