Eric F. Waller, 58

Lawyer, beekeeper, gardener

June 29, 2007

Eric F. Waller, a retired lawyer who enjoyed beekeeping and gardening, died Monday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The longtime Mount Washington resident was 58.

Mr. Waller was born in Baltimore and raised on Ford's Lane in Pikesville. He was a 1967 graduate of Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Mass.

He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1971 and his law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1976.

After completing his clerkship, he entered private practice when he joined the Baltimore firm of Sherbow, Shea & Doyle in 1977.

In 1979, he left the firm to become counsel to the Maryland Cup Corp., which had been founded by his grandfather as Sweetheart Cup Co. After the business was sold in 1983, he returned to private practice with Jack Cooper in Ellicott City, and later with Levin & Gann in Baltimore.

Mr. Waller stopped practicing law in 1987 when he took over as manager of the Queen Anne Corp., a family real estate venture named after his mother.

When Queen Anne was sold in the late 1990s, Mr. Waller pursued a variety of interests including organic gardening, beekeeping and travel.

He put a garden and a fish pond in the backyard of his home and enjoyed keeping family and neighbors supplied with vegetables. He also gave away Rotwal Honey that he bottled under a label that was an amalgam of syllables from his and his wife's last names.

After a visit to Tibet, Mr. Waller became active in the Tibet Vision Project, a nonprofit established by Dr. Marc Liberman, a childhood friend, that trains Tibetan surgical teams in eliminating cataract blindness.

Mr. Waller was an active supporter of the Mount Washington Preservation Trust and was a longtime member of Beth Jacob Congregation.

Surviving are his wife of 25 years, the former Debra Roter, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; two sons, Benjamin M. Waller of Mount Washington and Saul I. Waller of New York City; a daughter, Annie Rose Waller of Mount Washington; and a brother, Marshall Waller of Los Angeles.

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