Margaret Kostritsky Chief court clerk


Margaret Long Kostritsky, the chief clerk of the District Court of Maryland, died Jan. 5 after a stroke. She was 64.

Born in Portsmouth, Va., the former Margaret Long, who was known as Penny, attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., and married her husband, George E. Kostritsky, while an undergraduate.

The couple moved to Oregon after World War II, and Mrs. Kostritsky enrolled at the University of Oregon law school. After completing two years of study, she interrupted her pursuit of a law degree to raise a family.

She returned to law school when the family moved to Maryland and earned her degree in 1964 from the University of Maryland School of Law.

She became active in civic work during the 1960s as a volunteer and as a professional, serving as a consultant to a tax reform project and to the Constitutional Convention of 1967, which rewrote the Maryland Constitution.

In 1970, after ratification of the constitutional amendment creating the District Court, she served as a consultant to a court management firm engaged by the state to help set up the new court system.

She was appointed chief clerk of the new court by Chief District Judge Robert F. Sweeney on July 5, 1971, and held the post until her death.

A memorial service for Mrs. Kostritsky was held Jan. 19 at the Edward F. Borgerding District Court Building in Northwest Baltimore.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Juliet Pendleton Kostritsky of Cleveland; a son, Jorick Kostritsky of Baltimore; and a grandson.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Penny Kostritsky Trust for the Benefit of the Mentally Ill, in care of Frank Bernstein, Conway and Goldman, 300 E. Lombard St., Baltimore 21202.

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