Michael Curley Vaeth, 70, lawyer on Eastern Shore

March 26, 2004

Michael Curley Vaeth, a Baltimore-born attorney who practiced on the Eastern Shore for more than three decades, died of pancreatitis Sunday at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. The Snow Hill resident was 70.

Raised in Hamilton, he attended St. Dominic Parochial School and was a 1952 graduate of City College. As a teen, he swam on the Knights of Columbus team at the old Alcazar in downtown Baltimore and won numerous medals.

Mr. Vaeth served in the Coast Guard and earned a political science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was a varsity swimmer. He earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore and was a member of the Sigma Delta Kappa legal fraternity.

He was a claims adjuster and an attorney for Fidelity Deposit Co. of Maryland, and did credit analysis for Commercial Credit Co. in the 1960s.

He moved to Snow Hill in 1971 and did legal work for the Child Advocacy Project of the Eastern Shore and the Farmers Home Administration.

He was a city solicitor in Snow Hill from 1976 to 1979, and an assistant's state's attorney for Worcester County from 1971 to 1973 and in 1985. He had a private law practice on Green Street in Snow Hill.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in Salisbury, where he was a member.

Survivors include two stepsons, William Yates Hillyer of Salisbury and Charles Clifton Hillyer III of Frankfurt, Germany; two daughters, Rita Ellen Vaeth of Snow Hill and Ruth Vaeth Reed of Chestertown; two sisters, twin Michaelene V. Hardwick of Lutherville and Mary V. Kirwin of Woodbine; and four grandchildren. His marriages to Rosemary Cosgrove and Mary Yates Hillyer ended in divorce.

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