Henry Leonard Meledin, a retired trust officer and lawyer who administered the estates of many prominent figures, died Saturday at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson of complications after blood clot surgery. The former Ellicott City resident was 86.
Mr. Meledin was born and raised in Pittsburgh and graduated in 1939 from Allegheny High School. He studied at Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh before being drafted in 1942.
Mr. Meledin served in the Pacific with the Army Intelligence Corps; he was discharged in 1945.
He was a 1950 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law.
"Allegedly, there was a provision in the G.I. Bill that allowed veterans to go to law school without having gone to college," said his daughter, Louise Young Meledin, a Towson lawyer and estate planner who lives in Garrison.
Mr. Meledin went to work at Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Co. in 1954 as a trust officer. During his 35-year career with the bank, he administered the estates of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, writer H.L. Mencken and Trafford Klots, a noted Baltimore painter.
After retiring in 1989, he remained with Mercantile as a consultant for 17 years.
Mr. Meledin, who lived on the grounds of the Turf Valley Country Club near Ellicott City for many years, had been a Blakehurst resident since 1995.
He was an avid bridge player and also enjoyed golf and croquet. He also joined a group of Blakehurst residents and took steamship cruises to New England, the Panama Canal and the Columbia River.
His wife of 56 years, the former Elsie Young, died in 2004.
Mr. Meledin was a member and Sunday school teacher at St. Benjamin Lutheran Church, 700 Krider's Cemetery Road, Westminster, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
Mr. Meledin is also survived by four sisters, Helen M. Nawrocki of Minneapolis, Mathilda T. Meledin of Irvington, N.Y., Bernadette M. Studeny of Pittsburgh and Kathryn Ann Meledin of Tobyhanna, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.