John Francis King Sr., a retired Baltimore medical malpractice defense lawyer, died Wednesday of Alzheimer's disease at College Manor nursing home in Lutherville. The former Federal Hill and Ruxton resident was 82.
Mr. King was born and raised in Waynesboro, Pa., and graduated in 1943 from Mercersburg Academy. He served as a signalman in the Navy in the Atlantic from 1943 until 1945.
After the war, he earned his bachelor's degree from Dickinson College and his law degree in 1950 from Georgetown University.
In 1952, he joined Anderson & Coe and was named partner in 1958 of the North Charles Street law firm, which became Anderson, Coe & King. He retired in 1989.
"He did a lot of pro bono work after the 1968 riots, when there were mass arrests. He ... represented one indigent client after the other," said E. Philip Franke III, a partner in the firm.
During his more than four decade career, Mr. King served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union and had been legal representative of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland.
His professional memberships included the Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland Bar Foundation. He had been a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
From 1977 to 1997, Mr. King lived on Montgomery Street before moving to Ruxton. He was an avid reader and golfer. He was a member of the Elkridge Club and the One West Hamilton Street Club.
He was a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Baltimore, Charles and Franklin streets, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Aug.18.
Surviving are his wife of 30 years, the former Linda Louden; a son, John F. King Jr. of Shelburne, Vt.; two daughters, Anne King Wilson of Hanover, N.H., and Margaret Packard King of Springfield, Vt.; and six grandchildren. An earlier marriage to the former Nancy Packard ended in divorce.