Thomas E. Lloyd

[ Age 83 ] The Ellicott City resident was an expert on local government in Howard.

December 01, 2006|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,sun reporter

Thomas E. Lloyd, a former test pilot who became a Howard County lawyer and played a key role in the local government's transition to charter home rule in the late 1960s, died of a heart attack Nov. 24 at Howard County General Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 83.

Born in Pittsburg, Kan., he served in the Navy as a fighter pilot during World War II and the Korean War. Family members said he made numerous landings aboard carriers, including the USS Leyte, Coral Sea, Essex, FDR and Midway.

He was a graduate of the advanced aeronautical engineering program at Patuxent Naval Air Station in Southern Maryland. Remaining in the state, he became a test pilot for Westinghouse Electric Corp. and Glenn L. Martin Co.

In the early 1960s, he earned a law degree from the old Mount Vernon School of Law in Baltimore and a doctor of law degree from the University of Baltimore.

He was a founder and managing partner of Lloyd, Kane, Wieder and Willis, an Ellicott City law firm that represented area businesses. A Democrat, he ran unsuccessfully for the Maryland House of Delegates in 1964.

In 1967, he was named as Howard County attorney and served as counsel to the county commissioners, representing Howard in legislation matters. When Howard adopted charter government in 1968, Mr. Lloyd was appointed to reorganize the government in accordance with the charter. He was named Howard County solicitor, and held the post until 1971.

"He was a man who knew how to do more things than anyone I've known," Charles C. Feaga, a county council member and friend, said yesterday. "He gave talks on why we adopted charter government in the 1960s. When Tom spoke, you thought you saw the American flag flying behind him."

He owned Patuxent Springs Farm in the Ellicott City area and raised crops and beef cattle. He later acquired a second farm in Carroll County. He also remained a pilot into his 70s, flying his Cessna Cardinal airplane.

A funeral Mass for Mr. Lloyd was offered Tuesday.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, the former Eva Mae Helmstetter; four sons, Robert "Bob" Lloyd of Vienna, Va., Tom Lloyd Jr. and Mike Lloyd, both of Ellicott City, and Ed Lloyd of Lake Forest, Calif.; a stepson, Steve Chiccehitto of Warrenton, Va.; two stepdaughters, Barbara Gleim of Carlisle, Pa., and Karen Nussle of Manchester, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. His wife of 48 years, the former Marion Joan Dvorak, died in 1993.

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