William Giacofci, 64

Lawyer, artist

December 19, 2006

William John Giacofci, a Queen Anne's County lawyer and artist, died of a heart attack Thursday at his Centreville home. He was 64.

Mr. Giacofci was born in Washington and raised in Silver Spring. He was a 1960 graduate of Gonzaga High School and earned a bachelor's degree in foreign languages from Boston College in 1963.

After earning his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1966, he served in the Peace Corps for three years as a legal adviser to Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, according to his family.

He came to Baltimore in 1969 and joined the firm of Venable, Baetjer & Howard. He later worked as a lawyer for Maryland Casualty Co. and the state attorney general's office before moving to Queenstown in 1986 and establishing a general legal practice there.

Mr. Giacofci enjoyed reading and genealogy and was also an accomplished artist who created oil paintings in religious themes.

He was a communicant of St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Queenstown, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon today.

Surviving are two brothers, Thomas Andrew Giacofci of Haymarket, Va., and Joseph Gregory Giacofci of Clarks Summit, Pa.; a sister, Anne Giacofci MacDonnell of Wilmington, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

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