James K. Eagan III, a Howard County lawyer and former Baltimore assistant state's attorney, died Monday of lung cancer at Gilcrest Hospice Center in Towson. He was 61 and lived in Columbia.
Mr. Eagan, a Baltimore native, spent his boyhood in New York.
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1965 and earned his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1969.
Mr. Eagan met his wife, the former Lindell Calder, while they both were studying at the University of Wisconsin. They were married after graduation.
After he practiced corporate law in New York for a year, he and his wife moved to Columbia in 1970.
"We wanted to try the Columbia dream," Mrs. Eagan said.
Mr. Eagan had a particular interest in both personal and real estate law.
He was an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore from 1970 to 1973. He later moved to private practice in Ellicott City.
Mr. Eagan also was special counsel at the Maryland State Highway Administration from 1978 to 1990.
At the time of his death, he was a managing partner at Guida and Eagan, a private law practice in Columbia. He also was president of Lakeview Title, a firm he helped found in 1991 that provides real estate title services.
Mr. Eagan was a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and formerly on its Board of Governors. He also was past president of the Howard County Bar Association.
He was a history buff and avid sports fan and a longtime Terrapin Club member. Mr. Eagan, a lover of fine dining, was a former partner in the now-defunct Piccolo's restaurant in Columbia.
Services were Friday.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Eagan is survived by his mother, Maxine Grady Eagan of Towson; sons James Kevin Eagan of College Park, and Timothy Calder Eagan of Hollywood, Calif.; sisters Margaret Bland of New Canaan, Conn., and Kay Meier of Hudson, Ohio; and a brother, Thomas Eagan of Downers Grove, Ill.