Robert S. Bourbon
February 20, 1928 – October 19, 2009
Robert S. Bourbon, 81, a lawyer for 50 years in Montgomery County who argued a 1964 Maryland reapportionment case before the U.S. Supreme Court, died of brain cancer Oct. 19 at Montgomery Hospice's Casey House in Rockville. He lived in Silver Spring.
Robert Smith Bourbon was born in Baltimore and attended Loyola College in his home town before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1946. After his discharge, he graduated from Loyola in 1950, and he received a law degree from Georgetown University in 1954.
He worked briefly for Rep. Louis C. Rabaut (D-Mich.) in the early 1950s, then became a Maryland assistant attorney general under Thomas Finan in the early 1960s. He was Finan's campaign manager when Finan ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1966.
For three years, Mr. Bourbon was the attorney for the Maryland General Assembly, and for 11 years, he was attorney for the Montgomery County Board of Education and Montgomery College. He also advised the Rockville Fire Department.
He was co-founder and lecturer of the adult criminal awareness program through the county circuit court's criminal diversion program. In 2003, he received the Bar Leaders award from the Bar Association of Montgomery County.
Mr. Bourbon was past president and chaplain of the Potomac Rotary Club, president of the Bethesda Junior Chamber of Commerce and commander of the American Legion post in Wheaton.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Margaret Ann Bourbon of Silver Spring; six children, Ellen Marie Bourbon of Philadelphia, Mary Pat O'Connell of Rockville, Robert S. Bourbon Jr. of Germantown, Tom Bourbon of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., M. Theresa Bourbon of Rockville and Julie Ann Bourbon of Washington; two brothers; three sisters;and three granddaughters.