Howard L. Muhl Jr., lawyer and magistrate

October 21, 2008

Howard L. Muhl Jr., a retired lawyer and former Baltimore County magistrate who had fought in the Korean War, died of renal failure Oct. 12 at St. Agnes Hospital. The longtime Catonsville resident was 79.

Mr. Muhl was born in Baltimore and raised on South Monastery Avenue. He left City College in 1948 and enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he earned his General Educational Development certificate.

While serving with the 1st Marine Division in Korea, Mr. Muhl participated in the Inchon landing in 1950. He was later seriously wounded in the chest while fighting in a Seoul railroad yard.

Mr. Muhl, whose decorations include the Purple Heart, was discharged with the rank of corporal in 1951.

In 1952, he joined the Baltimore Police Department, where his father was department maintenance supervisor.

Mr. Muhl rose from a Southern District beat police officer to detective; from 1954 to 1961, he was a member of the investigating staff of the state's attorney's office.

In 1960, he was named the Sunpapers' Policeman of the Year for his investigation of fraud in the home-improvement field.

While on the police force, Mr. Muhl earned bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Baltimore in 1958.

In 1961, he left police work and established a general law practice at 5 North Guilford Ave. He moved his law firm to Catonsville when he became a partner in Muhl & Dixon.

Mr. Muhl, who practiced felony and misdemeanor, negligence and tort law, retired in 1998.

In 1963, Gov. J. Millard Tawes appointed Mr. Muhl magistrate of the Catonsville Police Court, a position he held until stepping down in 1968.

He was an avid hunter and golfer.

A funeral Mass was offered Thursday at St Mark's Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Teresa Agnes O'Donnell; three sons, Howard L. Muhl III of Catonsville, Thomas B. Muhl of Baltimore and Robert E. Muhl of Eldersburg; three daughters, Teresa Agnes Rowles of Baltimore, Diane P. Muhl-Ludes of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Debra M. Herdecker of New Market; two brothers, C. Frederick Muhl of Ellicott City and Edward J. Muhl of Jacksonville, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

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