Francis J. Locke, U.S. government lawyer

Francis J. Locke, a retired lawyer who had been regional counsel for the Federal Highway Administration, died Monday at St. Joseph Medical Center of a stroke. He was 83.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Locke was a 1943 graduate of Loyola High School. During World War II, he served as a pharmacist's mate in the Navy.


He earned a bachelor's degree in 1948 from Loyola College and his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1953,

Mr. Locke had worked for the Army Corps of Engineers before becoming Region 3 counsel for the federal highway department in 1953. His territory included Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Washington and Pennsylvania. He retired in 1995.


Mr. Locke was a member of the Renaissance Program at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. He enjoyed planning and attending reunion lunches of his Loyola High class.

Mr. Locke recently moved from his longtime Roland Park residence to the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson.

His wife of 36 years, the former Mary Jo Coyle, died in 1996.

Mr. Locke was a longtime communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St., where a funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Surviving are a son, Francis X. Locke of Roland Park, and three grandchildren.