Robert Lee Lanphear, 80, led FBI office in Annapolis

December 05, 2003

Robert Lee Lanphear, a retired FBI agent who led the agency's Annapolis office for a decade, died of Alzheimer's disease Nov. 28 at his Sherwood Forest home. He was 80.

Mr. Lanphear was born and raised in South Bend, Ind. His studies at Indiana University were interrupted by World War II, when he was drafted into the Army Air Forces in 1943. Trained as a pilot, he flew B-17s in the Pacific and attained the rank of lieutenant.

Returning to Indiana University, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1947. He earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore Law School in 1970.

Mr. Lanphear joined the FBI in 1948, and after serving in Memphis, Tenn., he was assigned to Baltimore in the 1950s. He was special agent in charge of the FBI's Annapolis office from 1968 until retiring in 1978.

From 1978 to 1995, he owned Robert L. Lanphear and Associates, private investigators and legal consultants.

An avid fisherman and walker, he also enjoyed spending winters at a second home in Tequesta, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sherwood Forest Clubhouse.

Mr. Lanphear is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Joan Winey; two sons, Thomas Lanphear of Hampstead and John L. Lanphear of Philadelphia; two daughters, Ann K. Lanphear of College Park and Jill E. Lanphear of Ashburn, Va.; a brother, James L. Lanphear of Spokane, Wash; a sister, Ruth Ludwig of Arlington, Texas; and four grandchildren.

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