Charles Brune Levering, 84, attorney and veteran

December 01, 2005

Charles Brune Levering, a retired attorney, died of a stroke Monday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 84.

Born at Oaklawn, his grandparents' residence in Ruxton, he attended the old Bluebird School and Gilman School and was a 1940 graduate of the Kent School in Connecticut, where he was captain of the football and tennis teams. He enrolled in the University of Virginia and belonged to the literary society, St. Anthony Hall, but left school for military training.

In 1942, Mr. Levering studied to become a pilot but was colorblind. He then attended a private navigational school and enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he became a navigational instructor at the Cherry Point, N.C., air base. While in the service, he married Phoebe Elliott Spilman, who lived in Warrenton, Va.

After the war, he earned a law degree at Virginia and returned to Baltimore, living in Guilford. He joined Markell, Veazey and Gans, later Niles, Barton and Wilmer. Mr. Levering's ancestors were founders of the law firm.

After the death of his first wife in 1979, he married Mary Howard Bowman and lived in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore, where he golfed, fished and hunted. She died in 1994.

He then moved to Cambridge, where he lived until his death.

Mr. Levering was a member of the Greenspring Valley Hunt Club, the Elkridge Club, the Maryland Club, the Bachelors Cotillion and the Cambridge Yacht Club.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills.

Mr. Levering is survived by two sons, Charles Brune Levering Jr. of Philadelphia and Arthur Chester Levering of Cambridge, Mass.; a daughter, Phoebe Levering Casey of Ruxton; and five grandchildren.

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