Joseph A. Reiter, 81

Catonsville resident was an attorney, World War II veteran and certified public accountant

March 23, 2007

Joseph A. Reiter, a retired attorney and certified public accountant, died of pneumonia Tuesday at his Catonsville home. He was 81.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the Walbrook area, he was a 1943 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He enlisted in the Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War II in an amphibious unit.

After the war, he earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola College and was valedictorian of the Class of 1949.

Mr. Reiter was an auditor with the Arabian American Oil Co. in Saudi Arabia., then returned to Baltimore and worked as a CPA while earning his law degree at the University of Maryland.

While practicing accounting he also worked for the Hospital Cost Analysis Service and later was an administrative law hearing officer in the state Motor Vehicle Administration and state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Loyola College's Golden Greyhound Club and the United States LST Association, an association of World War II veterans who served aboard amphibious landing craft.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Sterling-Ashton-Schwab-Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave. in Catonsville.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Patricia Ann Mechlinksi, and nieces and nephews.

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