IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
In the Matter of the Memorial
Proceedings to Carey E. Quinn, Esquire
October 6, 1969
Hon. Kathryn J. Shook
Hon. James H. Pugh
Hon. Ralph G. Shure
Hon. Walter H. Moorman
Hon. Joseph M. Mathias
Hon. John P. Moore
Hon. Plummer M. Shearin
Hon. Irving A. Levine
Hon H. Ralph Miller
Hon. Robert E. Clapp, Jr.
Respectfully submitted by Vivian V. Simpson, Esquire,
For and On Behalf of the Bar Association
of Montgomery County, Maryland, and responded to by
The Honorable Walter H. Moorman
P R O C E E D I N G S
JUDGE SHOOK: Mr. Miller.
MR. MILLER: With the Court’s permission, a memorium on behalf of the colleagues of Carey E. Quinn will be given to the Court by Miss Vivian V. Simpson.
MISS SIMPSON: With Your Honor’s permission:
JUDGE SHOOK: Miss Simpson.
MISS SIMPSON: I am saddened to be required to announce to the Court, formally, the death of one of the long-time members of the Bar of this Court. Carey Eugene Quinn departed this life on September 12, 1969.
Carey Quinn was born in Harleton, Texas, on December 31, 1896, the eldest child of Beryl Carey Quinn and Mary Quinn.
He attended the University of Texas and was graduated therefrom.
During the First World War he attended Officers Training School and served as a Lieutenant in the Tank Corps.
Returning from the War, he went to live in New York City and for a time was employed in newspaper work.
While working in New York, he attended Columbia University Law School from which we was graduated with an LL.B degree.
He then came to the Washington, D. C. – Montgomery County, Maryland, area, where he remained for the rest of his life.
On August 20, 1920, he married Florence Kent Whallon. Mr. And Mrs. Quinn lived in the District of Columbia for a short period of time but then moved to fast-growing Montgomery County where they have lived for more than forty years. They have resided in their present residence at 5014 Del Ray Avenue, Bethesda, for many than thirty years.
Carey Quinn was an out-spoken Democrat. He took an active and helpful interest in the Democratic Party and its election. He was active in citizens associations. Up until a few years ago he was the attorney for the Battery Park Citizens Association and served as a delegate from that Association to the Montgomery County Civic Federation for many years.
He also participated actively in the affairs of the Bethesda – Chevy Chase Lions Club and was one of its past presidents. He was a member of the Takoma Park Masonic Lodge No. 29.
He had been admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia on March 13, 1926, and began his practice in that jurisdiction.
He did not seek admission to the Bar of the Court of Appeals of Maryland until 1941, but was admitted on December 9th of that year.
At the time of his death he still maintained his offices in the District of Columbia at 1010 Vermont Avenue.
In June of 1942 he was appointed by Governor Herbert R. O’Connor to fill the unexpired term of the late Honorable Charles Irelan as a member of the Orphans’ court for Montgomery County, Judge Irelan having resigned. In November of 1942, Carey Quinn then ran for election to the Orphans’ Court and was elected to a four-year term. The members of the Bench of the Orphans’ Court at that time were the late Honorable Eugene E. Ruppert and the late Honorable Lewis F. Hobbs. Carey Quinn was the Chief Judge during his entire term.
As a Judge of the Orphans’ Court he was kind and generous, warm and humane. He was a man with an excellent sense of humor. He was cheerful by nature and brought this cheerfulness with compassion with him to the Orphans’ Court. He was open and friendly to those who appeared before him and dealt with the problems of the Orphans’ Court with understanding and dispatch.
Being a lawyer and a practitioner, he understood the problems of the lawyers who appeared before him. Also, he never failed to render assistance to any person, lawyer or layman, who sought his help.
On January 27, 1953, Carey Quinn was appointed a member of the Appeal Tax Court replacing Charles D. Sanger, Jr., and on February 24, 1953, he was appointed Chairman of the Appeal Tax Court, resigning therefrom on March 8, 1955.
As in his other public duties, he graced this office well. He was active, polite and understanding of the problems of the taxpayers of Montgomery County, and if he erred in his judgment it was on the side of mercy.
Having lived through the great depression and having experienced himself the problems faced by the citizens of the country and of the county, he brought to this position the kind of understanding rarely found in taxing authorities.
Aside from his experience as a soldier, a lawyer and a person active in civic affairs, perhaps it could be said that his hobby contributed greatly to this understanding. He was a self-taught horticulturist, recognized as such in horticulture circles.
His yard in Bethesda was in continuous bloom beginning in the spring with crocus and daffodils and continuing with iris, peonies, lilies, and “football” chrysanthemums, beautiful enough to grace any occasion.
He was the publisher of articles on iris and daffodils and I am the proud owner of one of his books entitled “Daffodils Outside and In”. I shall always remember the day when I saw the announcement of this book in a list of new publications.
He was a lecturer before horticultural societies and garden clubs on the subject of daffodils, iris and hemerocallis or day lilies. He knew how to propagate plants. He had more than a “green thumb”.
This hobby in fact was a second vocation and no doubt this dedication to his work with living plants broadened his thinking and increased his gentleness. It enabled him to understand something about life and how it should be lived. For many years he had “open house” in his garden for those of us who love growing things.
He was seventy-two years old at the time of his death. For the last several years increasingly ill health had prevented his being active in his profession but his offices remained open and he was assisted by his associate in that office, Charles A. Trainum, Esquire. Although he was ill for several years, I am sure that his marvelous sense of humor, his many activities during the active years of his life, and his love of nature, stood him good stead.
He is survived by his wife, Florence W. Quinn, two children, Carey Kent Quinn of Newport News, Virginia, and Mrs. Dale Mellott of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and four grandchildren. A brother, Alfred Quinn of Decatur, Alabama, also survives.
As a mark of respect for our departed brother, Carey E. Quinn, I join in the motion which has previously been made that these remarks be spread upon the Minutes of the Court and that a copy of the same be delivered to his surviving relatives, if the Court may see fit.
JUDGE SHOOK: Motion granted.
Judge Walter H. Moorman will respond for the Court.
JUDGE MOORMAN: In responding for the Court, I say that, although my association with Judge Quinn was not intimate, from my professional relationship with him over the years I was given a profound respect for his integrity, his loyalty to his friends and services rendered to others, he was a man who exemplified the highest ideals of the profession.
Without reiterating his many commendable qualities reflected in the biographical sketch just given by Miss Simpson, for myself and on behalf of the other members of the Court I extend to his family who are present, Mrs. Quinn, his son, his daughter, who is absent, and his four grandsons, our deepest sympathy.
You may derive some measure of consolation from the knowledge that is shared by every member of the Bar and the Court who had the good fortune and the privilege to have known Judge Quinn.