Richard Nevin Kerr

[ Age 75 ] Attorney, bank board member

January 16, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Richard Nevin Kerr, a retired attorney, died of congestive heart failure Friday at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The Stony Beach resident was 75.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Halethorpe, he was a 1950 graduate of Mount St. Joseph's High School, where he played ice hockey, football, lacrosse and badminton. In 1998, he was inducted into the school's athletic Hall of Fame.

He earned an athletic scholarship to Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, where he received an economics degree.

During the mid-1950s, he was an intelligence analyst for the Army in Washington. He later earned a degree at the University of Maryland School of Law.

He joined his father, Gerald Kerr, in family law practice, first located in downtown Baltimore and later in Catonsville. He retired last year.

For more than 20 years he sat on the Chesapeake Bank of Maryland board. He was past president of the Arbutus Social Club.

Mr. Kerr, who lived in Ellicott City for more than 30 years, played racquetball, tennis and golf.

His wife of 53 years, the former Barbara Baird, died last year.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection, 3175 Paulskirk Drive in Ellicott City, where he had been a member.

Survivors include five sons, William Kerr and Richard Kerr, both of Catonsville, Timothy Kerr and John Kerr, both of Baltimore, and Gerald Kerr of Seven Springs, Pa.; five daughters, Frances Kerr of Catonsville, Anne Kerr of Stony Beach, Kathleen Bayhan of Westminster, Mary Kerr of New York City and Susan Ross of Towson; two sisters, Joan Benjamin of Timonium and Anne O'Ferrall of Catonsville; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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