John Joseph Neubauer Jr., attorney, dies

He was active in Baltimore real estate circles and had owned a title company

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John Neubauer
November 06, 2010|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

John Joseph Neubauer Jr., a retired attorney who owned a real estate title firm, died of cancer Tuesday at his Ocean City home. He was 74 and had lived in Ruxton and Cambridge.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the Cedarcroft section of North Baltimore, he was the son of John J. Neubauer Sr., who was also a real estate attorney.

The younger Mr. Neubauer attended Mount Washington Country School for Boys and was a 1954 graduate of Loyola High School, where he played basketball. He earned a degree at what is now Loyola University Maryland and his law degree from the University of Maryland.

After his admission to the Maryland bar, he joined his father's law practice at the Keyser Building in downtown Baltimore.

Mr. Neubauer went on to own and manage the title company until 1984, when he sold the business to Lawyers Title Co. of Richmond, Va.

He was a past president of the Maryland State Title Insurance Association and was a trustee of the Maryland Realty Trust.

He was a former board member of the old Provident Bank of Maryland.

"He was exceptionally bright and scrupulously honest. He never lied," said Michael D. Quinn, a friend and business associate who lives in Towson. "He earned that reputation in Baltimore."

Mr. Neubauer was on the board of directors and was an owner of the Wye Group. He was part of the team whose members purchased the old Charles H. Steffey real estate firm as well as Weaver Bros., a mortgage banking business that became Chesapeake Financial. He also had a minority financial interest in the O'Conor Piper Flynn real estate firm. The Wye Group was sold in 1986.

In his later years, he was an attorney with offices at Niles, Barton and Wilmer.

"His mission in life was to put a smile on unsuspecting people's faces," said a son, Thomas Neubauer of Glen Arm. "His success in business was trumped by his success with the friendships he made. He made friends in Baltimore, and he made more friends after moving to the Eastern Shore."

In 1988, he moved to Cambridge and lived in its Neck district. He became active in the local Chamber of Commerce and in the Roman Catholic parish of St. Mary's Refuge of Sinners. Throughout his life, he attended daily Mass.

He later moved to Ocean City.

Mr. Neubauer was a sports fan and played golf. He enjoyed life on the water and loved animals, family members said.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Luke Roman Catholic Church, 100th Street and Coastal Highway, Ocean City.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 31 years, the former Virginia Lee Ebert; another son, John Neubauer of Monkton; a daughter, Amy Townsend of Monkton; a sister, Elaine Porter of Timonium; and nine grandchildren. His 1960 marriage to Margaret Elizabeth Trail ended in divorce.

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