Edward James Thompson Sr., a retired attorney, died of a heart attack Tuesday at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The Linthicum resident was 87.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Thompson attended Annapolis High School and earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Baltimore. He passed the bar in 1949.
After a brief time in a private law practice, he started working as a claims adjuster for Transit Casualty Co. He retired in 1984 as head of the legal department for the company, which represented the old Baltimore Transit Co., a forerunner of the Maryland Transportation Administration.
He was a founding member and past president of the Defense Trial Council Association, a group of civil lawyers now known as the Maryland Defense Council.
He was a longtime member of Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church.
He was married for 60 years to the former Elsie Hiltbrunner, who survives him. The couple enjoyed spending time at their vacation home on Bryce Mountain in Virginia, where Mr. Thompson indulged his penchants for hiking and golf.
Services were held Saturday.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, E. James Thompson Jr. of Severna Park; a daughter, Carol A. Kirkpatrick of Linthicum; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.