David M.F. Lambert, lawyer

April 12, 2012|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

David M.F. Lambert Sr., a retired lawyer who had once been an FBI agent, died April 4 of a heart attack at his Crumpton home.

He was 87.

The son of an Episcopal minister and a homemaker, Mr. Lambert was born in Hartford, Conn., and raised in Cambridge and in a home on Southway in Guilford.

He attended Gilman School and left his senior year to enlist in the Army Air Forces in 1943. Trained as a pilot, he flew missions in the Far East.

After the end of World War II, he earned a bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Hartford and a law degree from Cornell University in 1953.

He began his career as a special agent for the FBI in 1951, and from 1959 to 1969 was director of contracts for the Hughes Aircraft Co. and Hughes Tool Co., both divisions of Rockwell International.

Mr. Lambert then returned to Washington, where he was director of the Office of Domestic Business Policy from 1969 to 1972, when he joined the office of the U.S. comptroller general as a legislative attorney.

He subsequently served as general counsel of the Renegotiations Board and ended his federal employment in 1977 as general counsel to the Small Business Administration.

The former Washington resident, who had lived in Crumpton since 2001, maintained a private legal practice for 34 years.

His professional memberships included the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association.

Mr. Lambert lectured and wrote widely on the understanding and practice of contract law in the U.S., and was a founding editor of National Contract Management Journal. He also was the author of "Successful Mentor-Protege Relationships."

An accomplished sailor, Mr. Lambert participated in ocean races in the Atlantic and Pacific as well as on the Chesapeake Bay. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was an active communicant of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 N. Cross St., Chestertown, where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Surviving are his wife of 39 years, the former Clare Jenkins; a son, David M.F. Lambert Jr. of San Rafael, Calif; a daughter, Penelope E. Lambert of Miami; two stepsons, Thomas R. Watkins of London and Michael E.J. Watkins of New Haven, Vt.; a stepdaughter, Clare M. Boyce of Timonium; and a brother, Frank Lambert of New London, Conn.


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