Michael O. Connaughton, a retired deputy Prince George's County attorney who practiced law in recent years in Anne Arundel County, died of leukemia Saturday in his home near Annapolis. He was 62.
Born in Langley Park, Mr. Connaughton was a graduate of High Point High School, where he was named an All-Metro quarterback. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park as an undergraduate and earned a law degree from the university's law school in 1968.
Although he spent the bulk of his career practicing law in Prince George's, his first job was as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Wit, humor and intelligence were his trademarks, said family members. At the Department of Agriculture, he often joked that he was "Smokey the Bear's lawyer."
In the Prince George's Office of Law, he rose through the ranks to become deputy county attorney. He supervised the litigation division and gained a reputation as an acclaimed trial lawyer.
After retiring in 1998, Mr. Connaughton was an attorney with the Annapolis law firm of Blumenthal, Delavan & Williams.
Mr. Connaughton was a golfer and runner, who completed a marathon at age 39, and enjoyed outdoor activities and travel with his wife, the former Nancy Timms, a flight attendant for American Airlines.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 710 Ridgely Ave., Annapolis.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three daughters, Kimberley A. Connaughton of Oakland, Karen Connaughton of Santa Fe, N.M., and Kelli M. Connaughton of Annapolis; his mother, Dorothy Connaughton of Bay St. Louis, Miss.; a sister, Kay Connaughton Love of Pass Christian, Miss.; and two grandsons.