William Arthur Urie, state official

William Arthur Urie, a former FBI special agent who later was secretary of the state Department of Licensing and Regulation, died of cancer Monday at his Silver Spring home.

He was 92.

The son of a store owner and a beautician, he was born and raised in Rock Hall. After graduating from Rock Hall High School in 1935, he earned a bachelor's degree from Washington College in 1939.

He attended law school at George Washington University.

He served as a military policeman and later an Army provost marshal from 1941 to 1945, when he was discharged with the rank of captain.

Mr. Urie joined the FBI in 1946. He served at FBI headquarters in Washington and later in field offices in Chicago, Knoxville, and finally Washington, where he retired in 1972.

During the administrations of acting Gov. Blair Lee III and Gov. Harry R. Hughes, he was secretary of the state Department of Licensing and Regulation.

He was a member of the American Legion, the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI and Manor Country Club in Rockville.

His wife of 34 years, the former Grace Ann O'Donnell, died in 2011. An earlier marriage to the former Margaret Matthews ended in divorce.

Mr. Urie was a member of Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church, where funeral services were held Thursday.

Surviving are two sons, Thomas Urie of Ijamsville and James A. Urie of Los Angeles; a stepdaughter, Nancy Evans Lockhart of Madison, Miss.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


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