Rosemary E. Allulis, a lawyer and world traveler who was also a photographer and musician, died Tuesday of liver cancer at her Villa Cresta home. She was 52.
"She was a genius. She had a fast mind and was such a good writer," said Sidney Friedman, a partner in the Pikesville law firm of Weinstock, Friedman & Friedman, where Ms. Allulis had worked since 2008.
"Whenever you gave her an assignment, she immediately turned it around. She was so good she could have clerked for a Supreme Court justice," he said.
The daughter of a mechanical engineer and a homemaker, Rosemary Elizabeth Allulis was born in Baltimore and raised in Ellicott City.
After graduating from Mount Hebron High School, she earned bachelor's degrees in 1983 in both psychology and social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
In 1994, she earned a master's degree in psychology from Towson University, and completed the Interpreter Preparation Program/American Sign Language at the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County in 1997.
From 1985 to 1989, Ms. Allulis worked at The Chimes at its headquarters in Mount Washington as a psychology associate, and from 1990 to 2000 developed and managinged an adult day care program at its facility in the 7000 block of Windsor Blvd.
While working full time, Ms. Allulis studied law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2000. She clerked for Weinstock, Friedman & Friedman.
"Her abilities were far above anyone who had clerked for us, so we hired her," said Mr. Friedman. "She was just terrific."
After graduating, Ms. Allulis worked at the law firm as an associate, where she earned a reputation as a talented and creative litigator.
In 2005, she left the firm when she established a law practice in Towson with her brother, Paul Allulis, who now lives in Arlington, Va., where she practiced litigation and estate planning.
"We didn't want her to leave, and I told her if it didn't work out, that our door was always open and I hoped that some day she'd come back," said Mr. Friedman.
In 2008, she returned to her old law firm, where she continued working until her death.
"Rosemary could learn anything, and she liked tackling new subjects," said Mr. Friedman. "I knew there was no case that we took on that we couldn't do as long as we had her. Analyzing and drafting were her milieu."
He said that Ms. Allulis who was somewhat shy and preferred not going to court.
"Not everyone can do that," he said. "She was cerebral and a great writer. She was sweet but firm."
The clients and lawyers liked and respected her, "a rarity when it comes to lawyers," Mr. Friedman said.
Ms. Allulis was diagnosed in 2009 with the cancer that took her life.
"Even though she had been very sick the last year, she constantly worried about her cases. She was still working from home on her computer," said Mr. Friedman, who said he last had contact with Ms. Allulis the last weekend in December.
Melanie J. Szvitich, who is director of information technology at Polk Audio, was a close friend.
"We met toward the end of college," said Ms. Szvitich. "Rosemary was very dedicated to whatever she did and was more than willing to do whatever she could. She was a very giving person."
Ms. Szvitich said that her friend was a "lifelong learner."
"When Rosemary took on a challenge, she took it on come hell or high water," she said.
Ms. Szvitich said that when her friend learned the severity of her illness, she was determined to continue traveling.
"She started taking trips and knew she couldn't wait," she said. "She also went to Spain and France, and of course, Italy. Rome was her favorite city."
"With extensive treatment, she recovered enough to make a number of trips to Europe, the Galapagos and even took a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon," said an aunt, Theresa Lochte of Ellicott City. "The weekend of Dec 13-15, she went to Miami to put her feet in the ocean once more. She will be buried with her passport."
Ms. Allulis was active in the Villa Cresta Community Association, where she had served on the board and was a former secretary.
"She was so helpful to us when we renegotiated our constitution and reorganized the original association from the Villa Cresta Civic Association to its present name," said Maureen Barrett, a longtime association member and former treasurer.
"She did all that work for us and did not charge us except for the filing fees," said Ms. Barrett. "She participated in our events like Dumpster Day. She'd be up early in the morning to receive the Dumpster and then check the list of members to make sure they were eligible to use it."
She also said that Ms. Allulis was the keeper of the organization's institutional memory.
Ms. Allulis enjoyed photography and making her own prints. She was also a talented musician who played the guitar.
Mrs. Lochte said that her niece had left behind detailed instructions for her wake and funeral.
"She wrote that she wanted her best guitar and golf clubs brought to the funeral home, so we will do that," said her aunt.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd., Baynesville.
In addition to her brother, she is survived by her father, Joseph S. Allulis of Loganville, Pa.; and two other brothers, Joseph Allulis of Towson and Laurence Allulis of Seven Valleys, Pa.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun