Daniel J. Twomey, a Towson attorney who was a founder of a foundation that awarded academic scholarships, died Nov. 18 of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Reisterstown resident was 63.

Mr. Twomey, the son of Irish immigrant parents, was born and raised in Jackson Heights, N.Y.

He earned a bachelor's degree in 1967 from St. Louis University, and his law degree from the University of Maryland Law School in 1974.

Mr. Twomey, who conducted a general law practice, had an office at 410 Washington Ave. in Towson for many years.

"He helped chair the first committee ever at the University of Maryland Law School promoting professional ethics in law, and was appointed for this honor by his peers," said his son, Daniel J. Twomey III of Bethesda.

In 2003, Mr. Twomey helped establish the Blair Foundation, a nonprofit that awards four-year scholarships to students in order that they can attend Loyola High School and Notre Dame Preparatory School.

"The awards are merit and financially based and given to students who have demonstrated leadership potential and express a passion for becoming leaders in the world," his son said.

Mr. Twomey was instrumental in creating the leadership training program that was designed specifically at each school, his son said.

"This was something that was very important to him. He was incredibly hands-on with the leadership programs at both schools and was adamant about meeting every single student and following their success," he said.

Mr. Twomey was a communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glyndon where a funeral Mass was offered Nov. 20.

Also surviving are his wife of 40 years, the former Mary Agnes Mendelis; a daughter, Christina Marie Light of Federal Hill; two brothers, Tim Twomey and David Twomey, both of New York City; and a sister, Mary Cutrone of Brooklyn, N.Y.

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