Howard E. "Tony" deMuth Jr. was a retired Baltimore lawyer who was an avid tennis player and fan.
Howard E. "Tony" deMuth Jr. was a retired Baltimore lawyer who was an avid tennis player and fan. (HANDOUT)

Howard E. "Tony" deMuth Jr., a retired Baltimore lawyer who was an avid tennis player and fan, died Saturday of multiple organ failure at the Blakehurst Retirement Community. He was 90.

The son of Howard E. deMuth Sr., a partner at John C. Legg & Co., and Helen Beeler, a homemaker, Howard Eugene deMuth Jr. was born in Baltimore and spent his early years on Wallis Avenue before moving with his family to Guilford.


Mr. deMuth was a 1943 graduate of Gilman School and, because he had suffered from spinal tuberculosis as a child, was exempt from serving in the military during World War II, family members said.

He was a 1947 graduate of Princeton University and earned a law degree in 1948 from the University of Virginia School of Law.

He began practicing law with Dulany Foster, who later became chief judge of the old Supreme Bench of Baltimore City, and later joined a law firm that became Cochran, Brown and deMuth.

Mr. deMuth, whose legal expertise was the field of real estate, wills, estates and trusts, continued practicing law until retiring in the late 1990s.

The longtime resident of Somerset Road lived in recent years at the Gardens of Guilford and at Blakehurst. He enjoyed attending his children's and later grandchildren's sporting events.

Mr. deMuth was also a fan of the Baltimore Colts, Orioles and Ravens.

He was a former president of the Ice Skating Club of Baltimore. For years, he enjoyed skating with family members on Sunday evenings but "never learned to skate backward," said his daughter, Rebecca "Dede" Acer of Pittsburgh.

He was an active member of the Roland Park Civic League and coached for 12 years with the Roland Park Little League. An enthusiastic tennis player and fan, Mr. deMuth traveled to Forest Hills and Wimbledon to see championship matches.

Each summer, Mr. deMuth and his wife of 61 years, the former Ann Lawrason "Lawrie" Perkins, gathered with their children and grandchildren for an annual vacation at Bethany Beach, Del.

He was a former member of the Merchants Club, Baltimore Country Club and Elkridge Club, and was a member of the Bachelors Cotillon.

Mr. deMuth was a longtime communicant and a former vestryman at Memorial Episcopal Church on Bolton Hill.

A memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Blakehurst, 1055 W. Joppa Road.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. deMuth is survived by four sons, H. Anderson "Andy" deMuth of Roland Park, David deMuth of Ruxton, Murray deMuth and Robert deMuth, both of Homeland; and 11 grandchildren.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen