Reuben C. Kinsley Jr., 87, Balto. Co. public defender

September 17, 2004

Reuben Clark Kinsley Jr., a retired Baltimore County public defender and former Veterans Affairs loan official, died of a heart attack Sunday while gardening at his Lutherville home. He was 87.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park, he was a 1935 graduate of Forest Park High School and earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore.

He enlisted in the Army during World War II and did counter-espionage work investigating foreign workers suspected of enemy activities while employed at embassies in Washington.

After the war, he became co-owner of Wayside Nursery Gardens in the Towson area for several years, then loan officer for VA field offices in Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, where he lived from 1967 to 1970.

From 1972 to 1984 he was a Baltimore County public defender and often worked on murder cases and other major felonies.

Mr. Kinsley was a past president of the Rodgers Forge Community Association and St. Pius X Parochial School Parent-Teacher Association. He was also active in Scouting and the United Service Organization. He also enjoyed gardening and restoring his historic Lutherville home.

Services were held Wednesday in Timonium.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Betsy Hillen Dorsey; three sons, Marshall C. Kinsley, John E. Kinsley and Thomas C. Kinsley, all of Baltimore; three daughters, Deborah K. Pickett and Edith L. Kinsley, both of Baltimore, and Elizabeth K. "Bee" Munk of Anneslie; two brothers, Earl Kinsley of Los Alamos, N.M., and William Kinsley of Ocean City; four grandchildren; and two great granddaughters.

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