Eli Baer, 99, attorney for U.S., state

Ritchie aide

April 14, 2004

Eli Baer, a former Baltimore attorney who had held positions with the federal and state governments, died of pneumonia Saturday at a hospital in Boca Raton, Fla., where he had lived since 1994. He was 99.

Mr. Baer was born and raised in East Baltimore and was a 1922 graduate of City College. He earned his law degree in 1925 from the University of Maryland and, after a year with a law firm, opened his own practice.

He was a founder in the early 1930s of Young Democrats of Maryland and was secretary to Maryland Gov. Albert C. Ritchie during the 1932 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

In 1933, he was appointed U.S. attorney and commissioner of immigration and naturalization for the Virgin Islands. Moving to Washington, he was named principal attorney and assistant general counsel to the comptroller general of the United States in the 1940s.

He returned to Baltimore in 1952, settled on upper Park Heights Avenue and opened an office in the Equitable Building. His clients included Baltimore Colts fullback Alan Ameche.

He was later appointed special assistant to Maryland's attorney general and assigned to the office of the commissioner of motor vehicles by Gov. J. Millard Tawes. He retired there in 1977 and then moved to Florida.

He had served on the boards of Salvation Army, Civitan, Kiwanis, Menorah Lodge, B'nai Brith and the National Conference of Christians and Jew, and had been a member and served on the boards of Har Sinai Congregation and its brotherhood.

Mr. Baer was married in 1941 to the former Sadye Glasser, who died in 2000.

Services for Mr. Baer will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at the Hebrew Young Men's Cemetery, 5880 Windsor Mill Road.

Survivors include a son, retired attorney Stephen D. Baer of Virginia Beach, Va.; a brother, retired District Judge Aaron Baer, and a sister, Shirley Glass, both of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

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