Marvin C. "Mike" Wahl, a retired labor lawyer and labor arbitrator, died Oct. 29 at Sinai Hospital of complications from a stroke. He was 97.
The son of Austria-Hungary immigrants, Mr. Wahl was born and raised in Jersey City, N.J., where he graduated in 1932 from Lincoln High School.
After earning a bachelor's degree in 1936 from Syracuse University, he entered Cornell University Law School, where he earned his law degree in 1938.
Mr. Wahl, who was known as "Mike," began his legal career at Nordlinger, Reigelman and Cooper in New York City, where he met and fell in love with another lawyer, Blanche Genauer.
After the couple married in 1941, they moved to Washington, where Mr. Wahl, who had a medical deferment, worked for the National Labor Relations Board during World War II.
In 1945, the couple moved to Baltimore when Mr. Wahl and his wife established Wahl & Wahl, a private law practice that specialized in labor law and represented business management.
Mrs. Wahl went on to work in the Baltimore City Solicitor's Office, and was subsequently appointed a Baltimore City District Court judge in 1977 by Gov. Marvin Mandel. She retired in 1989 but continued to hear cases for another decade, family members said.
Mr. Wahl later became a labor arbitrator and traveled throughout the nation hearing cases. He retired in the late 1990s.
He was a founding member in 1948 of Beth El Congregation and served as its first president. He also had been president of the Baltimore Jewish Community Center.
Mr. Wahl enjoyed camping and hiking and was a world traveler. He was an enthusiastic tomato gardener and enjoyed caring for the gardens of his Mount Washington home, where he had lived since 1955. He spent the winter at a second home in Boca Raton, Fla.
Services were held Oct. 30.
In addition to his wife of 70 years, Mr. Wahl is survived by a son, Jonathan M. Wahl of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and two daughters, Diana H. Wahl of Arlington, Va., and Jo Ann W. Weiss of Radnor, Pa.; and five grandchildren.