Joseph Swinney Knapp III, an attorney who worked in real estate law, died Tuesday of cancer at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Timonium resident was 77.
Born in Baltimore, he attended the Cathedral School, then located in downtown Baltimore, and was a 1946 Loyola High School graduate. He earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola College and then served in the Navy. He was a 1954 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law.
He then joined the Maryland Title Guarantee Co., where his father had been an attorney. He practiced real estate law until he retired from the firm in 1989, then went into private practice and did title searches and plat subdivision work. He worked until shortly before his death.
"He dropped off his last title report two days before undergoing surgery in February," said his daughter, Nancy K. Machen of Monkton.
For the past 27 years, Mr. Knapp had served on the board of Midstate Federal Savings and Loan Association in Rodgers Forge.
Mr. Knapp enjoyed gardening and built model ships and airplanes.
He also had a miniature railway and constructed dollhouses and dollhouse furniture for his daughters and granddaughters.
A Mass was offered yesterday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville, where he had been a communicant since 1971.
In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of more than eight years, Mary Rita "Marita" Kasal Keogh; two additional daughters, Joan O. Knapp of Monkton and Gretchen K. Hoffman of Houston; a sister, Joyce K. Driemeyer of St. Louis; six grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren. His first wife of 38 years, the former Mary Louise Pearl, died in 1994.