George M.C. Doub Jr., a retired attorney who had been a partner at Venable LLP, died June 24 from a neurological disease at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The longtime Caves Valley resident was 78.
Mr. Doub was an “unusually smart lawyer who had the clients’ objectives at hand and was a creative thinker,” said George W. Johnston, former head of the litigation division and later chief operating officer at Venable LLP.
“He had a marvelous sense of humor. He was a contrarian in most matters, but did have a real soft spot,” said Mr. Johnston, a Guilford resident who retired in 2015.
“George was pretty private; not an extrovert and very calm and collected,” said John H. Lewin of Bethany Beach, Del., a retired Venable LLP partrner and former colleague of Mr. Doub. “Some might say he was a loner, but he really wasn’t. He was unruffled and could not be rattled.”
George Moffett Cochran Doub Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Owings Mills. His father, George Doub Sr., had been assistant attorney general in charge of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Division during President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s second term. His mother was Sophy Tayloe Snyder, a writer.
He graduated in 1958 from the Gilman School, where he had been captain of the wrestling team. In 1962 he graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in history.
He obtained a law degree in 1965 from the University of Virginia School of Law and began his law career at what was then Venable, Baetjer and Howard, now Venable LLP.
Mr. Doub was in his early 30s when he was made partner in the firm. His legal specialties were litigation, toxic substances law and publishing law.
“He had a wonderful mind that had a scientific bent. He could get to the bottom of scientific and math cases — which was extremely valuable when it came to dealing with experts,” Mr. Lewin said. “It was one of George’s fortes.”
Mr. Lewin recalled a case in which he, Mr. Doub and Benjamin R. Civiletti were involved, when Westinghouse Electric Corp. sued Garrett AiResearch regarding a cooling system they developed for fighter jets that had failed.
“Ben Civiletti headed the team, I handled the fact witnesses and cross-examined Westinghouse, Ben did some of that, too, and George was put in charge of developing testimony of how the surface heat exchange system worked,” he said. “It resulted in a victory for Garrett.
“I was always impressed with George’s intelligence and skill in making such things understandable,” he said.
Mr. Lewin said his colleague appeared mainly before judges rather than juries.
“They reacted very favorably to him. George was not an actor or performer. He was very contemplative and a had a wry sense of humor that was almost cynical,” Mr. Lewin said. “He was always so composed.”
Jim Archibald was a partner from 1975 to 2014 and called Mr. Doub “a tremendous lawyer with a great sense of humor.”
“I can just picture George right now with that Cheshire cat type of grin when discussing trial strategy,” said Mr. Archibald, of Cockeysville, who now provides counsel to the Baltimore law firm of Wright Constable & Skeen LLP. “What a wonderful guy.”
“As a litigator, his engaging smile and quiet logic played a large part in his winning so many of his cases,” wrote a son, Robb Tyler Doub of Owings Mills, in a biographical profile of his father. “He loved to debate and was always interested in opposing points of view.”
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In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Mary Worthington Tyler; another son, George C. Doub III of Owings Mills; two sisters, Sophy Burnham of Washington and Anne Doub Marzin of Lyon, France; and six grandchildren.