Arthur G. Lambert, Chevy Chase lawyer, dies


Arthur G. Lambert, a senior partner in a Chevy Chase law firm and civic activist who had helped found a Bethesda hospital, died of heart disease Thursday at his home in Chevy Chase. He was 92.

Mr. Lambert was the senior partner in the firm of Lambert and Furlow, and had held the same post in predecessor firms since he left the Department of Justice and resumed practice in Washington in 1933.

From 1926 until 1929, he practiced with his father in Washington, then became assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia before serving as a special assistant to the assistant attorney general.

A grandson of Arthur P. Gorman, who had represented Maryland in the U.S. Senate at the turn of the century, the Silver Spring native was a graduate of the Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., Princeton University and, in 1925, Harvard University law school.

He served in an Army officer candidate program during World War I.

A former president of the Lawyers Club in Washington, he belonged to the Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia and American bar associations.

He was a founder of Suburban Hospital in Bethesda and served as president and chairman of the board, of which he was a member from 1943 until 1972. He established a nursing award, and a hospital building was named for him.

He served from 1950 until 1963 as chairman of the Board of Managers of Chevy Chase Village -- essentially, its mayor -- and also had been chairman of the board of the Landon School.

He was a member of the Metropolitan, the Chevy Chase and the Burning Tree clubs.

Mr. Lambert is survived by his wife, the former Mary Lemon Sipple; two sons, William S. Lambert of Seattle and Arthur G. Lambert Jr. of New York City; and two grandsons.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Suburban Hospital Foundation.

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