Retired Judge K. Thomas Everngam of the Caroline County Circuit Court, died Wednesday of heart failure at his home in Denton. He was 79.
Services for Judge Everngam will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Denton.
He served as a judge of the 2nd Judicial Circuit in Denton from 1976 until he retired in 1982.
A member of the Maryland and American bar associations and the American Judicature Association, he was a former president of the Caroline County and Second Judicial Circuit bar associations. He also was a fellow of the Maryland and American bar foundations.
From 1938 until 1941, he worked as a lawyer in Washington for the Reconstruction Finance Corp. and then served in Baltimore as assist ant U.S. attorney. From 1943 until 1946, he was a special assistant attorney general and also began to practice law in Denton.
Before becoming a judge, he had represented the Caroline County commissioners and the towns of Ridgely and Greensboro, and served on the board of the Caroline County Bank in Greensboro, which he also represented. He also had been legal officer for the Potomac River Fisheries Commission ,, and served as president of the Chesapeake Bay Seafood Industries Association.
Born in Hollywood, Calif., he moved to Denton as a child with his family and was a graduate of Caroline High School.
He attended Washington and Lee University and graduated in )) 1938 from the Washington College of Law, now part of American University. He also studied at the Catholic University Law School.
A former president of the Denton Rotary Club and the Caroline Country Club, he was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and was also active at the Concord United Methodist Church in Federalsburg.
For more than 50 years, he was a member of the Temple Lodge of the Masons in Denton. He also belonged to the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple.
He is survived by his wife, the former Katharine Reinhart; a son, K. Thomas Everngam Jr. of Easton; a daughter, Sarah E. Croll of Denton; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
The family suggested memorial contributions to Concord United Methodist Church or to St. Luke's United Methodist Church.