Thomas L. Hennessey, 77, lawyer in solo practice


Thomas Leroy Hennessey, a retired lawyer, died of a heart attack Thursday at his home in Towson. He was 77 and lived most of his life in Towson.

Mr. Hennessey graduated from Mount Saint Joseph's High School in 1944.

He served in World War II with the 83rd Infantry (Thunderbolt) Division and was injured in the Battle of the Bulge. After returning from the war, he attended the University of Baltimore, where he earned a law degree in 1952.

He worked most of his career as a solo practitioner in Towson specializing in real estate and eminent domain law.

In the early 1960s, he argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

An avid group organizer, Mr. Hennessey served as president of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, a senator with the Maryland Jaycees and a commodore of the Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association.

Mr. Hennessey retired last year and had been volunteering as a tutor at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County. He also was studying history at Towson University.

He married Ellen Wegner in 1978. His first marriage, to Louellen Anderson, ended in divorce.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Church on 200 Ware Ave. in Towson.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Hennessey is survived by a son, Thomas L. Hennessey III of Stewartstown, Pa.; daughters, Ellen Hennessey Arthur of Towson, Miriam Brandau of Owings Mills; and Ellen Thomas of Annapolis; and four grandchildren.

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