James Patrick O'Conor Jr.

Age 57 Principal counsel to the Md. Uninsured Employers' Fund

August 12, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun Reporter

James Patrick O'Conor Jr., principal counsel to the Maryland Uninsured Employers' Fund and a Glen Arm resident, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium He was 57.

Mr. O'Conor - the eldest of eight - was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson. He was the grandson of Herbert Romulus O'Conor, who had been Maryland attorney general and governor from 1939 to 1947, when he resigned after being elected to the U.S. Senate.

Mr. O'Conor was a 1968 graduate of Loyola High School and earned a bachelor's degree from American University. He was a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law. He had been an assistant attorney general and also had worked in the private sector in civil litigation handling personal injury and workmen's compensation cases.

FOR THE RECORD - An obituary published in Tuesday's editions of The Sun for James Patrick O'Conor Jr. inaccurately stated his mother's residence. She lives with her husband, James Patrick O'Conor Sr., in Lutherville.
The Sun regrets the error.

For the past 15 years, he had been an assistant attorney general assigned to the Maryland Uninsured Employers' Fund and this year, he had been appointed its principal counsel.

Mr. O'Conor was an accomplished musician who played the flute, bass guitar and keyboard.

"He had been at Woodstock in 1969, where he was a cook and prepared lasagna for Janis Joplin and cooked for the Grateful Dead. He went to Woodstock because he wanted to be in the middle of the action," said James W. Himes, executive director and former general counsel of the Uninsured Employers' Fund and longtime friend.

"He was a wonderful guy and the perfect Irish combination of Peter Pan and the poet. He loved life and experiencing things," Mr. Himes said. "Jim was a doer."

In addition to music and Irish dancing, Mr. O'Conor enjoyed studying architecture, traveling, sailing and hiking.

"He also loved debating politics," said his father, James P. O'Conor Sr. of Lutherville, a founder of the real estate firm of O'Conor, Piper & Flynn.

Mr. O'Conor enjoyed coaching youth baseball and lacrosse for the Carroll Manor Recreation Council.

He was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 103 Church Lane, Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are his wife of 14 years, the former Dr. Sara Breitman, a psychiatrist; a son, Brendan J. O'Conor, 12; a daughter, Devin Marie O'Conor, 10; his mother, Katherine E. "Bette" O'Conor of Lancaster; four brothers, P. Sean O'Conor of Phoenix, Baltimore County, Robert B. O'Conor of Kansas City, Mo., Thomas Herbert O'Conor of Delray Beach, Fla.; and Terrence W. O'Conor of Lancaster, Pa.; and three sisters, Kristen M. Raynolds of St. Petersburg, Fla., Mary A. O'Conor of Towson and Lauren E. Berger of Timonium.


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