Henry L. Segal, a retired attorney who formerly represented the National Labor Relations Board and was a community volunteer, died Friday of acute leukemia at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Pikesville resident was 85.
Born in Minneapolis, he earned his bachelor's and law degrees at the University of Minnesota. During World War II, he served in Army intelligence at Camp Ritchie in Western Maryland. He attained the rank of master sergeant.
Mr. Segal joined the NLRB in 1948 and moved to Baltimore two years later, becoming assistant regional attorney in its downtown office. He later held the posts of hearing examiner for the Department of Labor and NLRB trial examiner. In 1972, he was appointed chief counsel to NLRB board member John A. Penello and served in this post until his retirement in 1981.
He then became an arbitrator in labor relations with the American Arbitration Association and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, both in Washington.
As an adjunct professor of labor relations Mr. Segal taught at the University of Baltimore Business School.
Mr. Segal received numerous honors and awards. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter named him a charter member of the Senior Executive Service, an honor for retirees engaged in volunteer work.
Services were held Sunday at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, where he was a past president of the brotherhood. He also was a past president of the congregation's Senior Men's Fellowship.
Each Monday, he helped with children's activities at his congregation's day school.
For 20 years, he also was coordinator of his brotherhood's volunteer work at the Manna House soup kitchen at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church in Charles Village.
A Mason, he belonged to Amicable Lodge and the Golden Eagles Square and Compass Club.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Betty Weiner; a son, Dr. Gerald Segal of Portland, Ore.; a daughter, Cindi Segal of Mill Valley, Calif.; two brothers, Drs. Martin Segal and Edward Segal, both of Minneapolis; a sister, Anne Steinberg of San Jose, Calif.; and four grandchildren.