Thomas Marshall Brandt, 82, lawyer

April 19, 2006

Thomas Marshall Brandt, a retired trucking company executive and lawyer, died of heart failure Monday at the Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville. The former longtime Ellicott City resident was 82.

Mr. Brandt, who was known as Marshall, was born in Baltimore and raised on Gittings Avenue in the Pinehurst neighborhood of Baltimore County.

He was a 1941 graduate of City College, where he played varsity football, basketball and track. He then entered the University of Maryland, College Park, but left during World War II to enlist in the Marine Corps.

He served as a captain in the Pacific, where his unit entered and occupied Nagasaki two days after the atomic bomb was dropped.

He returned to Baltimore after the war and earned his bachelor's degree in 1948. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1952.

In 1951, he went to work for Atlantic Coast Freight Lines, a Baltimore trucking company that had been established during the 1930s by his father-in-law. He was president of the Maryland Motor Truck Association from 1960 to 1961.

After selling Atlantic Coast in 1967, he practiced law in Ellicott City, specializing in trusts and estates. He retired in 1990.

Mr. Brandt was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Baltimore City for 52 years and had been a member of the lay advisory board of St. Agnes Hospital.

He was an avid golfer and charter member of Turf Valley Country Club. He also was a world traveler.

Mr. Brandt was a longtime communicant and former vestry member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at Fairhaven, 7200 Third Ave, Sykesville.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Jean McComas; two sons, Thomas M. Brandt Jr. of Millersville and Stephen R. Brandt of Catonsville; a daughter, Carol Brandt Staton of Charlotte, N.C.; and five grandchildren.

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