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John T. McElroy, retired FDA attorney, dies

Mr. McElroy was active at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church where he worked with the homeless.

John T. McElroy, a retired attorney who was active in the Roman Catholic Church, died Tuesday of respiratory failure at Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville. He was 90.

The son of George J. McElroy Sr. and Alice Fox McElroy, John Thomas McElroy was born in Baltimore and raised on Harford Road.

He graduated Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1943, then enlisted in the Navy and served as a pharmacist's mate in the Pacific theater. He was discharged in 1945.

Mr. McElroy was a 1949 graduate from what is now Loyola University Maryland and obtained a law degree in 1955 from the University of Maryland School of Law.

He was working as a biochemist for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration while attending law school. He later became an FDA lawyer and lived for a time in Silver Spring.

"His Catholic faith meant a great deal to him, and he was very community service-oriented," said a daughter, Mary T. McElroy of Middle River. "When living in Silver Spring, he was an active member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, where he headed the Cardinal's Appeal for years."

In Baltimore, Mr. McElroy was active at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, where he worked with the homeless.

He retired in 1980, and afterward obtained a real estate license. Since 2006, he had been living at the Parkville retirement community. He enjoyed reading and travel.

His wife of 48 years, the former Dorothy T. Basel, died in 2007.

Mr. McElroy was a communicant of St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel at Oak Crest Village, 8820 Walther Blvd., Parkville.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. McElroy is survived by two sons, John J. McElroy of College Park and Charles P. McElroy of Cleveland; another daughter, Ann M. McElroy of Laurel; a brother, George J. McElroy Jr. of Parkville; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Another son, Robert R. McElroy, died in 1992.

— Frederick N. Rasmussen

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