E. Farrell Maddox Sr., 65, police officer and member of the General Assembly


Edward Farrell Maddox Sr., a former Baltimore County police officer, former state delegate and member of the Maryland Parole Commission, died of chronic heart disease Monday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson after several recent hospitalizations. He was 65.

"He was a hugely decent guy, and he believed in doing the right thing for the community," said state Sen. Michael J. Collins, an Essex Democrat and a political ally and friend of Maddox.

Said Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, who campaigned with Maddox in 1994: "He loved the Essex area and the eastern end of the county. He had a lot of influence on me."

In the state legislature, Maddox served two terms on the House Judiciary Committee. He also was chairman of the county's House delegation from 1991 to 1994, some of the most politically tumultuous years in recent county history.

Maddox's even-tempered, good-humored personality allowed him to keep order among a volatile group of delegates during those years.

A dedicated Democrat, he also worked closely as delegation chairman with Roger B. Hayden, the county's first Republican executive in nearly 30 years. They tried to minimize the impact of the recession of the early 1990s, which caused state budget cuts that left the county's treasury bare.

"Farrell was a real consensus builder, doing things that made sense to everybody," Hayden said. "He worked very hard."

Born in Essex in 1931, Maddox dropped out of Kenwood High School to help support his family, later earning an equivalency diploma at Essex Community College.

He joined the county police force in 1954, and three years later was named Policeman of the Year. He went on to spend 10 years as a detective and was Essex Precinct lieutenant when he retired in 1975.

After retirement, he and his wife of 41 years, the former Sue Turben, operated Bird River Delicatessen for 10 years, making it a gathering place for local people and politicians.

In 1978, Maddox lost a campaign for the House of Delegates. He served as an alternate county liquor board member for two years, served six years on the Democratic Party's State Central Committee and was elected to the House of Delegates in 1986.

Maddox said in 1995 that one of his proudest accomplishments in office was helping to marshal support for a $6.8 million Essex Elementary School to replace the 70-year-old original school.

In 1994, Maddox was the first county politician -- and one of the few east side officials -- to back Parris N. Glendening for governor. He put so much into campaigning for Glendening, Ruppersberger and congressional candidate Gerry L. Brewster that his own re-election campaign lagged, and he lost.

Glendening appointed him to the state parole commission after taking office in 1995.

Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Clare Roman Catholic Church, 714 Myrth Ave. The family requests that memorial gifts be given to the Essex Community College Foundation, E. Farrell Maddox Scholarship, 7201 Rossville Blvd., Baltimore 21237.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, E. Farrell Maddox Jr.; two daughters, Debbie Zink and Nancy Hall; a brother, Robert Maddox; two sisters, Nancy Gehret and Phyllis Moeller; and five grandchildren, all of Essex.

Pub Date: 3/19/97

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