Thomas Duckenfield

Thomas Duckenfield, a former president of the National Bar Association, died of meningitis while hospitalized in Washington. was 57.

Mr. Duckenfield, a District of Columbia resident since 1960, died Friday at the Washington Hospital Center.


He served as the 47th president of the association, which is the nation's largest professional organization of black judges, legal scholars and law students. He also served as president of the Washington Bar Association.

At the time of his death, Mr. Duckenfield was vice president and general manager of the D.C. Division of Washington Gas and president of the Maryland-D.C. Utilities Association. The Richmond, Va., native joined Washington Gas in June 1985 as an assistant general counsel.


Before becoming the first black clerk of D.C. Superior Court in 1980, Mr. Duckenfield was chief deputy register of wills for the court.

He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Hampton University in 1957, a doctor of laws degree from Georgetown University in 1970 and a master of business administration degree from Southern Illinois University in 1977.

Survivors include his wife, the former Evelyn Newman; three sons, Thomas, David and Pace, all of Washington; his mother, Florence Duckenfield of Richmond; three brothers, Benjamin, Hartwell and Lloyd, all of Richmond; and a sister, Carrie Ampey of Sharon, Mass.

A viewing was being held from today at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington. A funeral service is scheduled at noon tomorrow at the church, followed by burial at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood.