James C. Cawood Jr., 70

Attorney, Arundel Circuit Court judge

April 18, 2007|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN REPORTER

James Clement Cawood Jr., a retired Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge and attorney, died of a heart attack Sunday at Evergreen, his West River home. He was 70.

Born in Washington, he was a 1954 graduate of St. Anselm's Abbey School and earned a bachelor's degree in history from Georgetown University in 1958. He then attended Georgetown Law School, where he met Katherine Brooke Kelly, whom he married in 1960.

In the 1950s, he served as a Marine Corps Reserve staff sergeant and also covered high school sports for the old Washington Evening Star.

He practiced law in Temple Hills before then-Gov. Harry R. Hughes named him to the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court bench in 1982. He retired in late 2001.

He then joined the firm of Mason, Cawood and Hobbs, in which his son, Robert H.B. Cawood of Annapolis, was a partner. He left the firm in 2006, returned to the bench on a part-time basis and was hearing a case in Elkton at the time of his death.

"He loved being a judge and writing legal opinions," said his daughter, Victoria Cawood Thompson of Arnold. "He would sprinkle them with quotations from Shakespeare and wanted to make the court system flow in an efficient way so that people could have their day in court in a timely manner."

His daughter said he enjoyed taking family vacations to historic sites throughout the U.S., Canada and Great Britain.

Judge Cawood also oversaw the restoration of his 1720 home, which housed his collection of Royal Doulton Toby jugs.

A Roman Catholic legal group, the St. Thomas More Society, named Judge Cawood its 1999 Man for All Seasons and honored him at its annual Red or Lawyers Mass attended by Cardinal William H. Keeler.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, 101 Owensville Road, West River, where he was a communicant.

In addition to his wife of 46 years, his son and daughter, survivors include three other sons, James Clement Cawood III of Cheltenham, William H. Cawood of Bethesda and Benedict K. Cawood of Toluca Lake, Calif.; two other daughters, Christine C. Hepperlen of Crystal Lake, Ill., and Rebecca C. McIntyre of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; a brother, Valentine M. Cawood of Chesapeake Beach; and eight grandchildren.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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