Thomas D. Washburne Sr., Ober/Kaler law partner

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Thomas D. Washburne Sr., a partner in the Baltimore law firm of Ober/Kaler whose specialty was estate planning, died Tuesday of an unknown neurological disorder at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 86.

The son of Hempstead Washburne, a lawyer, and Mary Dennehy Washburne, a homemaker, Thomas Dennehy Washburne was born and raised in Lake Forest, Ill.


After graduating in 1945 from the Taft School in Watertown, Conn., he earned a bachelor's degree in 1949 from Princeton University.

In 1952, he earned his law degree from the University of Virginia and came to Baltimore to clerk for Judge William C. Coleman, chief judge of the U.S. District Court.


He joined the firm of Cross & Shriver in 1954, which eventually became Ober/Kaler.

Early in his career, Mr. Washburne was an active trial lawyer. He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and chaired the organization's Maryland chapter.

Mr. Washburne practiced before U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, the trial courts and appellate courts of Maryland, and in other states. He was a permanent member of the Judicial Conference of the 4th Circuit.

In later years, he focused on estate planning and was a longtime member of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council.

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He also had chaired the Maryland State Ethics Commission and was a member of the Maryland Commission for Women. He had been president of the Baltimore County Election Board.

Mr. Washburne's board memberships included the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Historical Society and Garrison Forest School.

He was a member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, Hamilton Street Club, Bachelors Cotillon, and Anglers Club of New York. He enjoyed fly fishing on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The longtime Owings Mills resident was a Knight of Malta and a communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glyndon.


Interment will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the cemetery of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at his church, 65 Sacred Heart Lane, Glyndon.

Mr. Washburne is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Katharine "Kitty" Marshall; two sons, Thomas D. "Tuck" Washburne Jr. of Ruxton and Richard J. Washburne of Charlottesville, Va.; two daughters, Frances W. Washburne of Owings Mills and Dr. Mary Washburne of Milwaukee; and six grandchildren.