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Robert L. Stocksdale, 85, attorney and lacrosse All-American

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Robert L. Stocksdale, a real estate attorney who served several state commissions and committees on issues of mortgage financing, died from a brain hemorrhage July 7 at Sinai Hospital. The Mays Chapel resident was 85.

Born in Baltimore, he lived on Roland Avenue and Keswick Road in Hampden as a child. The son of a father who was an attorney and a homemaker mother, he spent summers on the Chesapeake Bay on the family's Calvert County tobacco farm. He was a 1946 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland College Park, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He was goalie for the school's lacrosse team and was named to the Maryland Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1984. He was also named to the 1949 All-American team. He was later a Maryland Lacrosse Club coach.

Mr. Stocksdale was a graduate of the University of Maryland Law School and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1954, the year he began service in the Maryland National Guard. He played trumpet in the National Guard Band.

He initially practiced in the law offices of Edward Dobihal. He specialized in real estate law and joined the boards of Madison Bradford Savings and Loan and Northeastern Bohemian Savings and Loan.

Mr. Stocksdale represented Bohemian American Federal Savings and Loan Association, Ellwood Permanent Building and Loan, and Columbia Savings and Loan. He was also a settlement attorney for Odenton Federal Savings and Loan Association and Heritage Savings Bank and was associated with the Security Title Guaranty of Baltimore.

"My father was a very humble and modest man," said his daughter, Robin L. Stocksdale of Towson. "Friends remembered him as one who went out of his way to advocate for clients who were seeking mortgages, settlements and refinancing. He was always ready to help family and friends. He was admired for his kind and gentle personality and impeccable ethics."

He was a partner in the firm of Stocksdale, Russell and Jarrell, and then Stocksdale, Jarrell, Cvach and Simms. At the time of his death, he practiced at a Forest Hill office. He was a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Baltimore City Bar Association.

From 1955 to 1963 he was the executive secretary of the Maryland League of Building, Savings and Loan Associations. In November 1962, Maryland Gov. J. Millard Tawes named Mr. Stocksdale to the state Savings and Loan Commission, where he worked on legislation to supervise thrift institutions.

He was a past president of Building Association Lawyers of Maryland and a former director as well as a member for 25 years of the Legislative Committee of the Maryland Savings and Loan League.

Mr. Stocksdale was named to the House Economic Matters Committee staff in 1979 to help rewrite state laws regulating savings and loan institutions. He had been a member of the Attorneys Committee of United States Savings and Loan League.

While living on Murdock Road in Rodgers Forge, he became president of the Rodgers Forge community association. He later lived in Stoneleigh and became president of that neighborhood's association. At his death, Mr. Stocksdale was the president of Plumbridge Condominiums in Mays Chapel.

He was also a past first vice president and director of the Baltimore Junior Association of Commerce. He was a board member of the former Wesley Methodist Home in Mount Washington.

Family members said he enjoyed golf, bridge, bowling and poker with a large group of longtime friends. He was a founding member of the Towson Golf and Country Club and was later a member of Country Club of Maryland. He also gardened and collected model trains and coins. He was an avid Orioles, Baltimore Colts, Ravens and Maryland Terrapins fan.

He also enjoyed listening to the music of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman. He was a member of Mays Chapel United Methodist Church.

A life celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Timonium United Methodist Church, 2300 Pot Springs Road in Timonium.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include a son, Bart Stocksdale of Riderwood; another daughter, Betsy L. Stocksdale of Idlewylde; a brother, Alan Hance Stocksdale of Timonium; a stepson, Robert Inman of Reisterstown; a stepdaughter, Lee Inman Armstrong of Timonium; two grandchildren; and many step grandchildren.

His wife of 34 years, Coralie Brittingham Stocksdale, died in 1984. In 2003 he married Mary Inman. She died in January.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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