IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Memorial Resolution for
Donald D. Lamond, Esquire, Deceased
TO THE HONORABLE, THE JUDGES OF SAID COURT:
It is your, your Honors, with sincere regret that we report the passing in death of one of our distinguished members of the Bar, Donald D. Lamond, Esquire. Mr. Lamond was born at Lamond, District of Columbia, which place bears the name of his family, the son of Angus Lamond and Alcena Curran Lamond, on February 22, 1893. His father, prominent in business, founded the Lamond Terra Cotta Works which developed into a thriving industry.
Our late brother, during his life, showed the spirit of adventure and interest in public affairs that he inherited from his sturdy Scot ancestry. The father of our late brother emanated from Scotland and was a life-long friend of his famed fellow Scotsman, Andrew Carnegie. It was laregly through the friendship of the elder Mr. Lamond with Mr. Carnegie that the Takoma Park Branch of the District of Columbia Andrew Carnegie Public Library, which for many years served the residents of Takoma Park, Maryland and the District of Columbia, was founded.
Our brother was graduated from the Georgetown University Law School and was a member of the Bar of the Court of Appeals of Maryland since 1916. His spirit of adventure carried him to Oklahoma prior to its admission to the Union, and he later served as a special agent of the Department of Justice of the United States. After Oklahoma was admitted as a state, he was elevated to the bench as a county judge in the new state.
When Mr. Lamond returned to the East, he began the practice of his profession in the early 1930’s and devoted his primary professional activities to the land and title law in which he was recognized for his skill and ability and to which he brough the experience of having been he Chief Land Title Officer of the Department of Justice. In his dealings with the Court, the members of the Bar, and the public, he always exhibited the characteristics of fairness and honesty. In each of the endeavors of his choosing he arose to heights. As a lawyer, he served as the Corporation Counsel for the City of Takoma Park from 1934 – 1946. He was an astute and capable man of business and was a director of the Citizens Bank of Takoma Park and a member of its Executive Committee and President of the Citizens Title Company and the Takoma Fuel Company. Always keenly interested in civic activities, he was a charter member of the Lion’s Club of both Takoma Park, Maryland, and Guthrie, Oklahoma. He served as the President of the Takoma Park Lion’s Club and as the District Governor of that Service Club for the District comprised of the State of Maryland, State of Delaware and District of Columbia. He was a past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Takoma Park Chapter, and a member of the Scottish Rite, Almas Temple, a member of the Society of St. Andrew; an Episcopalian and member of the St. Paul Rock Creek Parish. He was Past Commander of Takoma Park Post 28 of the American Legion.
In his late years, because of the failing condition of his health, he was forced to withdraw from active practice, but he had left the imprint of his personality upon the community in which he lived. On the 61st anniversary of his birth, February 22, 1954, he was stricken with the illness from which he expired on Friday, February 26, 1954 at West Palm Beach, Florida. He is survived by his widow, Gilliam W. Lamond of Takoma Park, Maryland, a son, Donald D. Lamond, Jr., of New York City, and three grandchildren, Donald D. Lamond III, Kathleen Lamond and Marta Lamond.
To Your Honors, the Members of the Family, and to all who knew him, we express our deep sympathy upon his parting, and so that his memory may be recalled for the example that he gave us, we move Your Honors that this memorial be incorporated permanently among the minutes of this Court and that copies thereof be forwarded by the Clerk to the members of his family.
Montgomery County Bar Association Committee
By: Joseph B. Simpson, Chairman
Ralph G. Shure
J. Douglas Bradshaw