Sanford Mervis Attorney


Sanford Mervis, an attorney, died Feb. 15 of a heart attack at his home in Ellicott City. He was 57.

Born in Baltimore, he graduated from Forest Park High School and the Mount Vernon School of Law in Baltimore, to which he returned as a lecturer in 1970 and 1971.

In 1965 and 1966 he was an attorney to the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, the Subcommittee on Investigations and the Special Subcommittee on Health. He then went into private practice, but was an assistant public defender for Howard and Carroll counties in the 1970s.

Before practicing law he taught at Brooklyn Park, Howard Park and Windsor Elementary Schools. In the early 1950s he was a staff member at WBAL-TV and produced and moderated the weekly television series "TV Campus" and other public service programs.

In 1985-'86 he was president of the Baltimore Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He was a member of B'nai B'rith.

He is survived by his wife, the former Pamela Fowke Freer; a daughter, Shara Beth Mervis of Owings Mills; and a stepson, Michael Kemp Lummis, of Ellicott City.

Services were held Feb. 18.

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