C. Arthur `Otts' Eby Jr.

[ Age 81 ] Real estate lawyer and World War II veteran volunteered in Scouting for more than 40 years

December 08, 2006|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter

C. Arthur "Otts" Eby, Jr. a retired real estate lawyer, World War II veteran and longtime youth volunteer, died of cancer Tuesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Roland Park resident was 81.

Mr. Eby was born in Baltimore, raised on Woodlawn Road in Roland Park and graduated in 1942 from Loyola High School.

He interrupted his studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, to enlist in the U.S. Marine Air Corps. He attained the rank of sergeant and was a platoon leader before turning 19, family members said.

Mr. Eby was assigned to Fighter Squadron 433 in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1946, as a tail gunner and radio technician aboard B-25 bombers. His decorations included the Marine Corps Air Medal for his participation in multiple combat missions. Remaining in the reserves, he was recalled to active duty as a fighter squadron staff sergeant during the Korean War.

He returned to the University of Maryland to earn his bachelor's degree and a law degree in 1952.

Mr. Eby practiced real estate law as a partner in the law firm of Connor, Eby & Schmidt. In 1982, he joined the firm of Power & Mosner, and later the Towson firm of Bodie, Nagle, Dolina, Smith & Hobbs, from which he retired in 1995. He was a co-founder in the early 1960s of Colonial Title Co., which later became part of the Towson law firm.

From the 1960s through the 1980s, he served on the boards of Charter Corp., Municipal Savings & Loan and Waverly Building & Loan Association.

"Otts was a very high-principled man who was more or less quiet and very smart," said Paul J. Feeley, a Towson lawyer and boyhood friend.

In 1963, he founded the Cathedral School Athletic Association. He was active in Scouting for more than 40 years and established Boy Scout Troop 1000 at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. He was its scoutmaster for 20 years.

He organized trips and guided his troop on such adventures as canoeing through the wilderness in Maine, biking across Europe, exploring Ireland and hiking in the rugged mountains of New Mexico.

Mr. Eby was presented the St. George's Medal for Catholic Scouting in 1988 for his years of work with the Boy Scouts and continued to serve as an adviser to the Baltimore Area Scout Council.

He was a communicant of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for more than 40 years, ushered at Sunday Mass there and served on the parish council.

Mr. Eby was an active member of the local chapter of Catholic War Veterans and volunteered at Our Daily Bread. He was notified the day before his death that he was the recipient of the Archdiocese Merit of Honor Award.

He was a founding member of the Every Other Thursday Night With Few Exceptions Poker Club that has meet regularly since World War II.

"Most of our members are from our class at Loyola High School. He was a faithful and good poker player," Mr. Feeley said.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at his church, 5300 N. Charles St.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Peggy Keene; seven sons, Charles A. "Skip" Eby III and John Christian Eby, both of Roland Park, Michael C. Eby of Ocean City, Louis K. Eby of Washington, Paul V. Eby of Glen Arm, and Edward C. Eby and Martin J. Eby, both of Ruxton; a daughter, Dr. Margaret Eby-Sanders of Roland Park; two sisters, Mary Phyllis Ebaugh of Towson and Sister Mary Carroll, with the Daughters of Charity order in Washington; and 13 grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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