Clayton A. Dietrich, 85, administrative judge

July 02, 2004

Clayton Atwood Dietrich, a retired attorney and former administrative judge who was active in East Baltimore Democratic politics, died of a heart attack June 25 at Brighton Gardens of Pikesville. The Towson resident was 85.

Born in Pittsburgh, the son of a Pennsylvania legislator, he was raised in Baltimore and graduated in 1936 from City College. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, hitchhiking daily to classes at College Park from his East Monument Street home.

He served in the southwestern Pacific with the Army Air Forces during World War II and subsequently remained active in the Air Force Reserve. He retired with the rank of colonel.

After earning a law degree from the UM Law School, Mr. Dietrich joined the law firm of Cook, Ruzicka, Warnken, Veazey, Markell & Gans in downtown Baltimore.

In 1956, he was named as an assistant attorney general and became legal adviser to the Maryland National Guard, Maryland State Police, Baltimore City Police Department and the University of Maryland.

Later, as chief assistant city solicitor, he supervised lawyers representing city government agencies. He ran unsuccessfully in 1970 for the old Supreme Bench of Baltimore City.

He was a former board chairman of the Young Men's Bohemian Democratic Club.

Mr. Dietrich was appointed as a federal administrative law judge and assigned to Hartford, Conn., in 1972. He retired after a decade, returning to Baltimore.

He was a member of the Reserve Officers Association and Military Order of World Wars.

His wife of 40 years, the former Marian Doenges, a Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone employee, died in 1989.

Services were Wednesday.

He is survived by a daughter, Margaret A. Dietrich of Towson.

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