Michael S. Radcliffe, law firm partner, dies

Michael S. Radcliffe, a partner in a Baltimore County law firm, died July 22 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at his Timonium home. He was 54.

Born in Silver Spring, Mr. Radcliffe moved to Timonium with his family when he was a year old. He was a 1974 graduate of Dulaney High School.

He earned a bachelor's degree and in 1983 a law degree from the University of Baltimore Law School.

Mr. Radcliffe practiced law in Towson with his father, M. Stanley Radcliffe, until the latter's death in 1988. In 1991, he established Bender & Radcliffe, P.A., a Timonium collections law practice, with Leslie C. Bender.

He was a member of the Baltimore County Bar Association, the Creditors Bar of Maryland and the District of Columbia, and ACA International. Mr. Radcliffe's legal expertise was in criminal and civil litigation.

Mr. Radcliffe was diagnosed with ALS in 2009, and for the past three years, he had been captain of a team of more than 140 runners who participated in the Fiesta 5K Fun Run to raise money for the Robert Packard Center for ALS research at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Last year, the Packard Center awarded Mr. Radcliffe its Partners in Collaboration Award for raising awareness regarding ALS and funds.

For years, Mr. Radcliffe coached football, basketball and lacrosse for the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council.

"His sense of humor and his ability to relate to children made him the kind of coach that kids looked up to and felt very comfortable with," said a sister, Vivian Worthington of Phoenix, Baltimore County.

"He went out of his way to make every boy on every team he coached feel like a vital part of the team," said Ms. Worthington. "Many parents credited him with keeping their son involved in the sport, especially when that child might not have been a gifted athlete."

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Sheraton Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson.

Surviving are three sons, Colin Radcliffe, Brett Radcliffe and Sean Radcliffe, all of Timonium; his mother, Theodora Radcliffe of Parkville; a brother, Stuart Radcliffe of Ellicott City; two other sisters, Cindy Adler and Janet Radcliffe, both of Phoenix, Baltimore County; his girlfriend of two years, Kathleen Terrinoni Belt of Timonium; and many nieces and nephews. An earlier marriage to the former Elizabeth Walzog ended in divorce.

—Frederick N. Rasmusen