John I. Heise, Jr.
December 13, 1924 – October 5, 2009
On October 6, 2009 of Bethesda, MD. Beloved husband of Jacqueline Heise; devoted father of John I. Heise, III (Mary), Liane Des Roches (Greg), Jeff H. Heise (Vicki), Suzanne Wolfrom (Stan); grandfather of Joelle Park (Al), Brad Heise (Amy), Doug, Jackie, and Davis Des Roches, Ross and Mark Heise, Megan and Taylor Wolfrom. Family will receive friends on Thursday, October 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 10033 River Rd., Potomac, MD. 20854. Memorial service will be held on Friday, October 9 at 11 a.m. at the University of Maryland Chapel, Regents Dr., College Park, MD 20742. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to UMCP Foundation (Jack Heise Endowed Basketball Scholarship), c/o The Terrapin Club, 2707 Comcast Center, College Park, MD. 20742.
In Memoriam – John I. Heise, Jr.
Most people knew Jack Heise as "Mr. Maryland" for his phenomenal devotion to the University of Maryland, especially the various sports programs which he supported by his attention, attendance and enthusiasm following his graduation from the University in 1947. Over the years Jack served with distinction as President of the Alumni Association, Terrapin Club and M Club, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Educational Foundation and also as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation. Attendance at virtually every home football and basketball game over a period of 50-60 years would be an amazing display of support by any standard, but Jack far surpassed that benchmark by attending most away games in those sports, countless contests in other sports such as lacrosse and soccer as well as the many women's programs.
Those of us at Heise Jorgensen and Stefanelli P.A. know that Jack Heise's energy and passion was not limited to his sports interests. After receiving his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1950, Jack was admitted to the Maryland Bar and was originally employed as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice. During that period and for many years thereafter he specialized in the trial of cases before the U.S. Court of Claims (now United States Claims Court). He entered private practice in 1952 and was associated with what became the law firm of Shea & Gardner. He entered practice as a sole practitioner in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County in 1958, eventually joining Herb Jorgensen and Joe Kyle to form Heise Kyle & Jorgensen in 1970.
Jack Heise was a talented trial and appellate attorney with a practice focusing on business and commercial law, devoting most of his civil trial practice to bench and jury trials in the Circuit Courts of Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. His appellate experience came before the Court of Military Affairs, U.S. Court of Claims, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the two Courts of Appeals of Maryland and United States Supreme Court.
Just as he never seemed to miss a game, Jack Heise virtually never missed a day at the office, even well into his 80's. Jack's devotion to his clients, his law practice, his partners and associates always seemed to take precedence over life's other distractions. No matter how busy his schedule, he had a way of making it seem as if everyone he interacted with was the most important person in the world and that he had all the time necessary to listen and help. He was the consummate gentleman lawyer.
Years ago, the Montgomery County Bar Association approved a code of civility and professionalism which we were encouraged to post in our office as a reminder of how a lawyer is supposed to conduct himself. We did not need a written reminder at Heise Jorgensen and Stefanelli P.A. We had Jack Heise instead.
~ Lou Pettey