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John R. Bashaar Sr., lawyer, hearing examiner

The Baltimore Sun

John R. Bashaar Sr., a hearing examiner for the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation who had worked for nearly three decades as a lawyer in Baltimore County, died Oct. 5 of cardiac arrhythmia at his Towson home. He was 65.

Mr. Bashaar was born at Fort Benning, Ga., and was raised in Zelienople, Pa. He was a 1961 graduate of Freedom High School.

He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Columbia University in 1965 and a master's in business in 1967, also from Columbia.

After graduating from New York Law School in 1973, he became a member of the New York and Maryland bar associations.

He began a general law practice on Bosley Avenue in Towson in 1976, and a year later moved to an office on Allegheny Avenue.

He also taught law courses at Towson University and was a mock-trial coach at Towson High School, including when the school won the state championship in 1996 and 1999. He also had served in the Army reserves.

After closing his law practice in 2004, Mr. Bashaar worked as a hearing examiner with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

He enjoyed fishing and rugby.

"We got married on a rugby field at Herring Run Park," said his wife of 32 years, the former Sally Sweet.

Mr. Bashaar was a member of the Towson Elks Club, where services were held Saturday.

Also surviving are two sons, John R. Bashaar Jr. and Christopher D. Bashaar, both of Towson; a daughter, Meghan D. Bashaar of Fort Drum, N.Y.; a brother, Charles Bashaar of Chicago; and a sister, Rosemary Stroupe of Raleigh, N.C.

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