Claudius Rogers Hall Jr., who practiced law in Westminster for many years, died of pneumonia Thursday at University of Virginia hospital in Charlottesville. He was 78 and formerly resided in New Windsor.
Born and raised in Eldersburg, Mr. Hall was a graduate of Sykesville High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, and his law degree from the University of Baltimore.
He served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II.
Mr. Hall, who maintained a general law practice for years, started his career in the 1950s in Baltimore. He later became a law partner of David E. Kartalia in Westminster, and specialized in real estate and zoning cases.
"He was known for his courtly manner, and he knew everybody," said Mr. Kartalia. "When you hired him as an attorney, you got a little theater. He could be very dramatic and was supremely devoted to his cases. He was a fighter."
Mr. Hall enjoyed reading and was a member of the Trial Table Law Club. He was also a member of Freedom Lodge 112 of the Masons.
He retired from the practice of law in 1993 after suffering a stroke and was living at the Colonnade, a care community in Charlottesville, at his death.
In 1972, he married Annette Morris, who died last year.
Services were held yesterday.
Mr. Hall is survived by a stepson, Tyler M. Knapp of Florida; and a cousin, Elizabeth Henderson of Sykesville.