Thomas Earl Rosser, 95, lawyer

September 22, 2006

Thomas Earl Rosser, a Baltimore probate attorney whose interests included collecting stamps, coins, Oriental rugs and Asian art, died of heart failure Sept. 13 at his Roland Park home. He was 95.

Mr. Rosser was born in Pittsburgh and was raised there and in Mount Washington. He was a 1928 graduate of Forest Park High School and earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1930.

"He was 20 and too young to be admitted to the Maryland Bar, and had to wait until he was 21 when he went to Annapolis to be sworn in on his 21st birthday," said his daughter, Christie Rosser Moseley of Ruxton.

Mr. Rosser, who was a partner in the firm Harley, Wheltle and Rosser, practiced law for more than 70 years. His office was for many years in the Title Guarantee Building on St. Paul Place and in recent years was at 201 N. Charles St.

During World War II, he served in the Army as a lawyer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps and was assigned to Camp Pickett, Va., as chief claims officer. He was later appointed acting judge advocate of the camp and ended his wartime career with the rank of lieutenant.

He had been a member for the past 40 years of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving is his wife of 58 years, the former Fern Coleman.

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