Everett A. Lego, 74, monk and martial arts teacher

August 25, 2004

Everett A. Lego, a Shaolin Buddhist monk and martial arts instructor, died of pneumonia Aug. 18 at Union Memorial Hospital. The Hampden resident was 74.

Mr. Lego, who was known as Ed, was born in Hampden and attended city public schools before he left in the late 1940s to study in Taiwan. While there he became a Shaolin monk and a master in t'ai chi ch'uan, a form of self-defense and morning meditative exercises that originated in China.

He lived briefly in New York City before returning in 1956 to Baltimore, where he owned and operated a men's hairstyling business. In the 1970s, he established a martial arts studio where he taught t'ai chi and gung fu until retiring in 1981.

"He was renowned for his deep mastery of his art forms and spiritual leadership. He was a kind and generous man to one and all," said longtime friend Alan Barr.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at Mount Washington United Methodist Church, 5800 Cottonworth Ave.

Mr. Lego is survived by a sister, Anna Hartman of Hampden, and a nephew.

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