John E.H. Bailey, 86

Attorney, veteran

October 24, 2007

John Edward Hamilton Bailey, a retired insurance attorney and pension consultant, died of pneumonia Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 86.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Charles Village, he attended St. Ann's Parochial School and was a 1939 Loyola High School graduate. He attended Loyola College and received his law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1942, the year he was admitted to the Maryland bar.

Known as Ham, he joined the Army in 1942 and worked in counterintelligence in the Philippines. After the war ended, he was sent to Hokkaido, Japan, with the occupation forces. He left active duty with the rank of captain in 1946 and remained in the reserves until 1953.

Mr. Bailey was an attorney with the Maryland comptroller's office and later with Bendix Radio in Towson. After 10 years as an attorney and supervisor of liability claims with a national insurance company, he became a pension consultant with Connecticut Mutual Life and retired from there in 1983. After retirement, Mr. Bailey practiced estate and trust law.

He had been a member of the Father O'Neill Council of the Knights of Columbus since 1956 and was active in the Loyola High School Alumni Association.

He enjoyed vacationing in Bethany Beach, Del., and wrote occasionally for The Sun's op-ed page.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, Wade Avenue in Towson.

He is survived by two daughters, Patricia Hamilton Bailey of Columbia and Susan Leslie Muller of Towson; a close friend, Nancy O'Donnell of Towson; and three grandchildren. His wife of 52 years, the former Jane Bozman Bailey, died in 1997.

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