Herbert Edwin Witz, 84, attorney


Herbert Edwin Witz, an attorney who was active in educational and philanthropic causes, died after surgery Thursday at Union Memorial Hospital. The Roland Park resident was 84.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Windsor Avenue, he was a 1939 graduate of Forest Park High School. He earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1944 and was admitted to the Maryland Bar a year later. He practiced for many years from a downtown office.

Mr. Witz was born with poor eyesight and never drove.

"It was never a big deal to him," said his daughter Carol W. Hunt of Upperco. "His eyesight did not limit him. He used magnifying glasses and took buses. He never stopped working."

In 1946, he established the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Memorial Foundation, named for a lacrosse player and Navy flyer killed in the Battle of Midway.

At the 1965 death of C. Markland Kelly Sr., a Buick dealership owner and Baltimore City Council member, Mr. Witz became the foundation's president. He directed the foundation's investments, which often contribute about $400,000 in annual grants to area educational, cultural, health, youth and civic institutions.

Mr. Witz was president of Roland Park Country School's board from 1976 to 1982. When a fire destroyed the school, then on University Parkway, in 1976, he was instrumental in moving it to the current Roland Avenue campus.

He was named a lifetime trustee of the school and an annual commencement award is given in his name to the senior who exhibits "undaunted loyalty" and leadership qualities.

Mr. Witz was a past president of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and the Boys Home Society. For 18 years he headed the USF Constellation Foundation, and he was a former member of the Executive Council of the Baltimore Area Boy Scouts of America.

He sat on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's board for more than 25 years and was a member of the committee to build Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Several years ago, he was elected as a member emeritus.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at First English Lutheran Church, Charles and 39th streets, where he was a past parish council president.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Katherine B. Konig; two other daughters, Christine Lee Aguilar of Huntsville, Ala., and Karin W. Littlefield of Glyndon; and three grandchildren.

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