Loring Emsley Hawes, a retired Baltimore attorney who was part of a 1964 public accommodations civil rights case and who was later a leader in Eastern Shore conservation efforts, died of COVID-19 complications and congestive heart failure May 20 at Heron Point in Chestertown. The former Bolton Street resident was 92.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Taplow Road in Homeland, he was the son of Raymond Hawes, a Goucher College professor and Marion Hawes, an Enoch Pratt Free Library staff member. He was a 1947 Baltimore Polytechnic Institute graduate and earned a bachelor’s degree at Brown University. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland Law School, served on the editorial board of the Maryland Law Review and was in the Army Counter Intelligence Corps.
Mr. Hawes met his first wife, Anne E. Barry, who was from Ipswich, Massachusetts, while in college. They married in 1950 and lived in Beverly, Massachusetts. Their marriage ended in 1955.
Mr. Hawes returned to Baltimore and joined local law firms Pierson & Pierson and Constable, Alexander & Daneker.
He moved to Bolton Hill’s Bolton Street, where he met his second wife, Ann Collins. They married in 1962 and raised a family. He was active in neighborhood affairs and became a Mt. Royal Democratic Club board member. He belonged to the Mt. Royal Improvement Association and headed the PTA of Public School No. 66, where he corresponded with the mayor during a teachers’ strike, his son Andrew said.
He also ran for the Democratic State Central Committee in the old Second District on a team headed by former state Sen. Julian L. Lapides. He and his family attended Memorial Episcopal Church. He was a charter member of the Bolton Hill Swim & Tennis Club and a regular patron of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Center Stage. The family spent summers at Sherwood Forest.
Mr. Hawes was a Maryland assistant attorney general from 1962 to 1968 and worked with Attorney General Thomas B. Finan. He argued criminal and civil appellate cases on the Maryland Court of Appeals. He developed regulations and procedures for the state’s water resources agency and Department of Agriculture, and drafted legislation for revenue bonds, water and air pollution, strip mining, and public authority for cost-sharing dam construction projects.
In 1964, he briefed and argued Bell v. Maryland, a famous local civil rights case in the U.S. Supreme Court. It involved the arrest of sit-in protesters at the old Hooper’s Restaurant in downtown Baltimore whose owners refused to serve African American patrons. The case involved a Dunbar High School student, Robert M. Bell, who would go on to become Maryland’s highest judge, the chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals.
“It was among several important cases of reference that contributed to the drafting of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” said his son, Andrew Hawes.
Mr. Hawes also served as assistant attorney general to the University of Maryland from 1964 to 1968, where he negotiated contracts for an advanced cyclotron at the College Park campus.
In 1968, Mr. Hawes joined Commercial Credit Company in Baltimore as a legal associate and was eventually promoted to deputy general counsel and assistant secretary of the St. Paul Place firm.
“During his 20-year tenure, he gained strong expertise in corporate finance, securities and banking law and managed the international legal staff,” his son said. “His company became part of Citigroup after a series of acquisitions.”
Mr. Hawes then joined Gordon, Feinblatt, Hoffberger & Hollander LLC as a corporate attorney.
He then retired to the Eastern Shore and farmed on the Chester River near Centreville.
“He loved being a gentleman farmer and an active member of the community. He especially enjoyed hunting, sailing and spending time with his family and close friends at his farm on the Chester River,” his son said.
Mr. Hawes was a supporter of the environment, land conservation and public service. He was a co-founder and early board member of the Chester River Association, which is now part of ShoreRivers.
In 1997, Mr. Hawes won praise from former Vice President Al Gore for his environmentally sensitive farming practices.
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At a ceremony attended by Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski, the vice president signed a $195 million agreement with Maryland to make it more enticing for other farmers to adopt conservation practices to help preserve the Chesapeake Bay, according to a Baltimore Sun story.
Mr. Hawes entertained elected officials, including Reps. Benjamin L. Cardin and Wayne T. Gilchrest, former Govs. Parris N. Glendening and Harry R. Hughes, at his family farm at Spaniard’s Point for the televised launch of a Department of Agriculture Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program that day in 1997.
He was also on the board of the Queen Anne’s Conservation Association. He was a past president and board member of the the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. After that service, he was named to the Queen Anne’s County Planning Commission and served for 10 years.
He was also the Queen Anne’s County representative for the Maryland Planning Commission Association and served on the board of the Maryland Environmental Trust.
“Because of his legal background, he was regarded for his thoughtful approach and as a calm voice of reason,” his son said.
Mr. Hawes is survived by his wife of 11 years, Charlotte Staelin; two sons, Andrew Hawes of Concord, Massachusetts, and Jonathan Hawes of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His former wife, Ann Collins, died in 2008. His son Roger Hawes died in 2017, and his daughter, Karen Wentworth Hawes, died in 2015.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville.