James Thomas Swisher, an Essex resident and retired lawyer for the state comptroller's office, died of heart failure Friday at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 76.
He was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1944. He joined the Army, seeing combat in the South Pacific during World War II.
Mr. Swisher attended the University of Baltimore on the GI Bill, earning an undergraduate degree in 1953 and a law degree in 1956.
He was a lawyer for the state's Department of Employment Security from 1956 until 1970, when he joined the comptroller's office. He retired in 1985.
He enjoyed boating, fishing and crabbing on Seneca Creek, near where he and his wife lived for most of their lives. He also enjoyed golfing and traveling to Florida, the Bahamas and Canada.
Services were held Tuesday.
Mr. Swisher is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Blanche M. Spliedt; a son, James Thomas Swisher Jr. of White Marsh; two sisters, Margaret Onorato of Bel Air and Grace Herold of Perry Hall; and two granddaughters.