Robert L. Gilland Sr., 73, lawyer, yachtsman

April 29, 2005

Robert L. Gilland Sr., a semi-retired Towson lawyer and yachtsman, died of respiratory failure April 18 at Union Memorial Hospital. The Timonium resident was 73.

Mr. Gilland, who was born and raised in Parkville, graduated from Towson High School in 1948. He attended the old General Motors Institute, now Kettering University, in Flint, Mich., and the University of Maryland.

He earned a law degree in 1956 from the University of Baltimore Law School.

Mr. Gilland worked briefly as a Nationwide Insurance Co. claims adjuster before establishing a private law practice in 1955 in Parkville. He later worked in the firm of Peter G. Angelos, in the Dundalk office.

From 1972 to 1979, Mr. Gilland served as vice chairman of the Baltimore County Board of Appeals. He resigned after being convicted by a federal jury in 1979 on three charges of failing to file income tax returns for 1972 through 1974.

The Maryland Court of Appeals ordered a two-year suspension from the legal profession in 1982, The Sun reported at the time. Mr. Gilland also was a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and Baltimore County Bar Association.

Mr. Gilland later returned to the practice of law in an office at 45 W. Chesapeake Ave. in Towson.

In late 1974, Mr. Gilland married Sophia Angelos Eckhardt, according to Baltimore County court records. Three previous marriages ended in divorce, according to the records.

A former yachtsman, Mr. Gilland enjoyed taking family and friends on cruises aboard his 42-foot Owens to Ocean City. He was also an avid golfer.

Services were April 21.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Robert L. Gilland Jr. of Tampa, Fla., and Michael B. Gilland Sr. of York, Pa.; five daughters, Robin G. Vittetoe and Erin Gilland Roby, both of Ellicott City, Frances Martini of Philadelphia, Christine McKendrick of Westminster and Stephanie Kirby of Timonium; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Editor's note: The obituary on Robert L. Gilland Sr. that appeared in Monday's editions contained several factual errors and omissions. A corrected obituary appears today.

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