Ronald P. Fish

[ Age 68 ] Commercial real estate lawyer worked on major downtown projects and was known for his congenial manner.

"He could put anyone at ease," said his son Theodore S. Fish. "He was socially intelligent. He had a natural wit."

June 26, 2007|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,sun reporter

Ronald P. Fish, an attorney who worked in commercial real estate, died Saturday at Maryland General Hospital of complications from a spinal cord injury he suffered in an auto accident near his home last year. The Tuscany-Canterbury resident was 68.

Born in Washington and raised in Forest Park, he was a 1957 graduate of City College, where he played tennis and squash. He earned a history degree at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and graduated from the University of Maryland Law School in 1964.

He then joined a downtown Baltimore law firm, Frank, Bernstein, Conaway and Goldman, where he established a practice in real estate, including commercial real estate acquisition, development, financing and leasing.

"He took a personal interest in the success of his clients and their projects," said a son, Charles A. Fish of Baltimore.

In his many years working in real estate, Mr. Fish worked on the building of the Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust headquarters in the Charles Center and Lockwood Place in the Inner Harbor. He was also involved with Fenwick Island Shopping Center on the Eastern Shore and Quarry Lake, a new upscale development in Baltimore County that will include stores, houses and condominiums.

"He was a consummate lawyer who worked on complicated projects," said Morty Fisher, a close friend and legal partner. "He also had the ability to make a friend of someone instantaneously."

After the dissolution of Frank, Bernstein, Conaway and Goldman in 1992, Mr. Fish became one of the senior partners in the real estate division of Ballard Spahr Andrews and Ingersoll at South and Lombard streets.

"He had an outstanding mind," said another son, Theodore S. "Ted" Fish of Santa Fe, N.M. "He could put anyone at ease. He was socially intelligent. He had a natural wit. He was congenial and fun."

A former president of the Baltimore chapter of Jewish Family and Children's Services, Mr. Fish was active with the Maryland Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Cousteau Society and HopeWell Cancer Support.

Mr. Fish was a lecturer on real estate law for the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers. For more than a decade he was an adjunct professor at the Allan L. Berman Real Estate Institute at the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Fish co-chaired the Baltimore County Task Force on Affordable Housing.

He had been a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers since 1984 and was a member of the American Bar Association and Maryland Bar Association. He was also elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers

He was an avid golfer, tennis player, gardener and craft show shopper.

Services were held yesterday in Pikesville.

In addition to his two sons, survivors include his wife of 41 years, the former Lois Diane Mazoh; his mother, Mitzi "Mikki" Fish of Baltimore; a sister, Geri Elias of Bethesda; and three grandchildren.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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