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George Warren "Moose" Mix, attorney

George Warren "Moose" Mix Sr., a well-known Towson attorney whose legal expertise included administrative, criminal and family law, died May 4 of heart failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The 30-year Lutherville resident was 74.

"I knew Warren when I was a prosecutor and later as a defense attorney, and he was often in three jurisdictions during a single day. He was a stand-up, honest and hardworking guy when it came to his clients. He'd fight for his people," said Gov. Martin J. O'Malley.

"He was a real people's attorney and the salt of the earth. He was a real gentleman," said Mr. O'Malley. "I appointed him to serve on the Judicial Nominating Committee for Baltimore County, and he did a sensational job."

The son of a salesman and a homemaker, Mr. Mix was born in Wilmington, Del., and raised in Pikesville, where he graduated in 1955 from Milford Mill High School.

An baseball player in his youth, he was a two-time Mason-Dixon Conference first baseman and played ball at Washington College for three years before transferring to the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1960 in criminal justice and law enforcement.

"It was during his baseball years that he earned the nickname 'Moose,'" said a son, George Warren "G.W." Mix Jr. of Newport Beach, Calif.

After graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1964, he was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1965.

From 1960 to 1968, he was a probation officer for the Circuit Court of Baltimore County, and from 1968 until 1977, when he went into private practice in the Loyola Federal Building in Towson, he was an assistant Baltimore County solicitor.

Mr. Mix formed a legal partnership with John Grason Turnbull II and James R. Farmer, creating the firm of Turnbull, Mix & Farmer in 1978 at 706 Washington Ave.

After the partnership was dissolved in 2005, Mr. Mix and Mr. Farmer became sole practitioners and practiced law separately in an office at 606 Baltimore Ave.

"Warren was admired by everyone in the legal community. Someone in the courthouse described him as being an 'icon,' and he was," said Mr. Farmer. "He was in the courtroom every day and was as good as they come. He never hesitated to try a case. He'd do it at the drop of a hat if he thought it would benefit his client."

"I've known Warren since law school, and there wasn't a finer gentleman who practiced before the bar in Baltimore County. He was a great trial lawyer and was a wonderful friend to everyone at the bar," said Judge Turnbull, now administrative judge for Baltimore County Circuit Court.

"When he was on the Judicial Nominating Committee, he was always concerned about the judges and the quality of the bench," said Judge Turnbull.

Mr. Mix, who stood 6 feet, 4 inches tall and had a full head of snow-white hair, was a towering presence in the courtroom.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Robert E. Cahill Jr. was another longtime friend and colleague.

"He was the dean of the bar and was committed to the best ideals of the trial lawyer," said Judge Cahill.

"He was in all respects a lawyer's lawyer and a courtly presence in the courtroom. He was completely fearless," said Judge Cahill. "When you're trying cases in the courthouse, that's very much a young person's game, because it requires so much preparation, and when you get up in years, it's too hard on you.

"But Warren did it with great thoroughness and vigor. I admired his stamina and perseverance when it came to the way he handled his cases," he said. "He was committed to the right results from a trial."

Pat Walcutt, who has been Mr. Mix's secretary for the past three years, recalled Mr. Mix's energy and astonishing workload.

"He was a hardworking guy and a hustler. Back in January, he was in four courthouses all before noon," said Ms. Walcutt. "He could be in Harford County and then later in Baltimore County and end his day in Howard County and Carroll County."

"He had an obligation to appear in court, and he lived by that," said Judge Turnbull.

"He wanted to work all of the time. I was one of his biggest admirers because no one knew all of the wonderful works he did for people who couldn't afford it, and they were done very quietly," said retired Baltimore County Circuit Judge John F. Fader II.

"He was an intelligent, competent and dutiful man," said Judge Fader. "He was everything a man and a lawyer should be."

Mr. Mix had a large clientele, and it wasn't uncommon for him to have repeat cases.

"They kept coming back over the years," said Ms. Walcutt. "He told one man, 'This one is on me.' This is why he was loved by everyone."

He had been an active member of the Baltimore County Bar Association since 1969 and had served as its president from 1991 to 1992. He also had been a member of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association and of the State of Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission.

In 2009, he was presented the Baltimore County Bar Association Law Day Award.

Mr. Mix, who had earlier lived in Randallstown, moved to Lutherville in 1982.

He enjoyed vacationing at a second home in Ocean City and in Hawaii.

He was a member of the Baltimore Country Club, Dunes Club of Maryland, Ocean City Golf Club and the Ocean City Marlin Club. He was also an Orioles and Ravens fan.

"He enjoyed golfing, but his real hobby was being in the courthouse," his son said. "He loved practicing law and was going full tilt until the end."

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. June 10 in the chapel at St. Paul's School, 11152 Falls Road, Brooklandville.

In addition to his son, Mr. Mix is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Virginia Dorsey Peach; another son, Greg Mix of Owings Mills; two daughters, Rebecca Taylor of Ocean City and Suzanne Mix of North Barrington, Ill.; and 10 grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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