Howard E. Friedman, 83

Attorney, court clerk

March 27, 2007

Howard E. Friedman, an attorney who was later the chief clerk of Maryland's Court of Special Appeals, died of an infection March 20 at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Timonium resident was 83.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Loyola Southway, he was a 1941 graduate of Forest Park High School.

He served in the Navy during World War II as a pharmacist's mate and earned a degree at the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1950.

Mr. Friedman practiced law for 20 years in downtown Baltimore and became deputy clerk and later chief clerk of the Court of Special Appeals. He retired in 1988.

"He was a great asset to the Court of Special Appeals," said John F. Fader II, a retired Baltimore County Circuit Court judge who now teaches at the University of Maryland School of Law. "He was a highly competent individual and as helpful as any human being could be. He was a great civil servant."

In retirement, Mr. Friedman traveled throughout Europe, Canada and the South Pacific.

Services were held Friday in Timonium.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Marie E. Day; two sons, Roger Friedman of Stewartstown, Pa., and Wesley Friedman of Grapevine, Texas; a daughter, Nancy E. Mescon of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; and a brother, Richard Friedman of Baltimore.

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