Joel R. Kruh, 61

Baltimore attorney

December 07, 2007

Joel R. Kruh, a Baltimore attorney who enjoyed playing sports, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack while driving on the Baltimore Beltway. The longtime Owings Mills resident, who was pronounced dead at St. Agnes Hospital, was 61.

Mr. Kruh was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and was 6 years old when he moved with his family to Crawford Avenue in Northwest Baltimore.

He was a 1964 graduate of City College, where he was a track star, family members said.

While attending law school at the University of Baltimore, where he earned his law degree in 1975, Mr. Kruh drove a taxi, taught driving and was an insurance adjustor.

Mr. Kruh, who handled criminal and civil cases, had his office in the Court Square Building. During the late 1970s and into the early 1980s, he was legislative liaison for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

He was a longtime adviser to former state Sen. Paula Hollinger.

For more than two decades, he was a lobbyist for the Maryland Chiropractic Association.

Mr. Kruh, who played pickup full-court basketball several times a week, also played in a lawyers league at the University of Baltimore.

Mr. Kruh, who had not retired, also enjoyed running and golf.

He met his wife of 31 years, the former Madlyn Fass, at the old Pimlico Hotel on Park Heights Avenue.

"We used to go on Thursday nights, which was singles night," Mrs. Kruh said. "I guess you could say we were a true Pimlico Hotel romance that lasted."

He was a member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

Services for Mr. Kruh will be held at 3 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

Also surviving are two daughters, Suzanne Ivy Kruh and Rachel Beth Kruh, both of New York City; his father, David Kruh of Columbia; a sister, Hillary Kruh of Baltimore; a stepbrother, John Bierer of Florida; and three stepsisters, Nancy Bierer and Becky Heath, both of Baltimore, and Suzanne Bierer of Columbia.

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