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The Honorable Thomas M. Anderson


     Reverend Elwyn D. Brown
Opening Remarks

     James R. Trimm, Esquire
Recognition of Presenters

     Judge Joseph M. Mathias
Responses on Behalf of the Court

     Judge Joseph M. Mathias
     Judge David C. Cahoon
     Judge John F. McAuliffe
     Judge Philip M. Fairbanks
     Judge Stanley B. Frosh

      Reverend Elwyn D. Brown
Deceased Members of the Judiciary and the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland

     Judge Thomas M. Anderson
     Judge Martin S. Becker
     Clitus O. Bourdeaux, Esquire
     Thomas H. Carolan, Esquire
     Arthur Feld, Esquire
     Walter M. Fields, Esquire
     Alexander K. Hancock, Esquire
     Robert C. Heeney, Sr., Esquire
     J. Ambrose Kiley, Esquire
     Judge H. Ralph Miller
     David P. O’Brien, Esquire
     Paul Parent, Esquire
     Thomas B. Scott, Esquire
     John J. Toomey, Esquire



Invocation by the Reverend Elwyn D. Brown, Christ Episcopal Church, Rockville, Maryland.

JUDGE MATHIAS: I call now upon Mr. James R. Trimm, President of the Montgomery County Bar Association.

MR. TRIMM: If it please the Court, ladies and gentlemen, the Bar Association of Montgomery County is privileged periodically to present a memorial service of this sort to honor those colleages uf ours who have departed this life. The procedure which will be followed today is that a member of our Association will be called upon to present remarks with respect to one of the deceased and at the close of those remarks and at the instance of his motion to spread those remarks on the record of this court, one of the members of the judiciary will respond. In one instance Judge Fairbanks will be both presenter and responder in the case of Judge Miller because he served with Judge Miller in both the People’s Court and the Circuit Court.

It is my honor and the honor of my Association to pay tribute to these gentlemen who did so much to honor us in our profession in their lifetimes.

JUDGE MATHIAS: Speaking now in memory of Judge Anderson will be William A. Linthicum, Jr.

MR. LINTHICUM: Members of the Bench, Father Brown, ladies and gentlemen, I’m pleased to be able to say a word or two on behalf of a very old friend, Tom Anderson, who grew up in Rockville. He and my father were childhood playmates and I expect I’ve known the Judge as long as I knew anyone. He grew up here in Rockville, Tom Anderson did. He went to the University of Virginia in the law school where he finished in 1927. He came back to Montgomery County and opened his practice of law and he told me with great pride several times that the first year he made $500.00. Things were entirely different then, as you may well surmise.

He was a lifelong Republican as some of us are and he was active in politics throughout his career, but he never liked campaigning. He was not a man who felt it easy to campaign or to meet people but despite that failure, if that’s a failure, he was extremely successful in politics. He was Juvenile Court Judge and then for years, seven years or so, he was Deputy State’s Attorney of this County under Walter Dawson. I am sure many of you remember Walter Dawson. I expect Walter Dawson was probably the closest friend that Judge Tom Anderson had. In any event, he served under him. He tried many, many cases during that seven years as Depty State’s Attorney. After than time he was appointed to the Circuit Court Bench by Governor McKelvin in 1954. At that time the members of the bench were Judge Prescott and Judge Woodward and I’m sure many of you may recall that, and shortly after that Judge Shook was appointed for a couple of years there was a three-member bench, Judge Prescott, Judge Anderson and Judge Shook, and they ran for office in 1956 in the Eisenhower years, and they won. In those days people were not always unopposed and they were not unopposed either but they did prevail and the Judge then served as a member of the Circuit Court here in our County for some twelve years.

During that time he became Senior Judge and he occupied the role which is now occupied by the Administrative Judge of the Court and scheduled the calendar of the cases.

In 1956 after he served twelve years on this bench he was appoined by a Democrat, Governor Tawes, to be one of the first members of the newly created Court of Special Appeals of Maryland and he and four other distinguished jurists went down to Annapolis and established that court and he served on that court with distinction until his retirement in 1972 when he reached seventy years old.

After he retired he, I think, felt lost for some time. He used to complain to me and I think to other friends of his that he always wished that he had an office to go to, and for a long time I think he missed the office. After a while he got used to it and he continued to participate in community affairs.

During his career he not only was a fine lawyer but he did many other things as well. He was a President of the Montgomery County Bar Association, a life member. He was President of the Montgomery County Savings Bank. He was a family man. Raised a family, and in general was truly a credit to his family and to his profession and all that knew him.

As a judge he had many qualities which I admired. He listened. He never made up his mind too quickly and almost all lawyers – I never met a lawyer that didn’t think that Judge Anderson gave him a fair hearing and listened to what he had to say and decided the case the best way he could, and that’s about all you can ask from a judge or from anyone else in this life.

So while I must think that there are very few people who had the opportunity to serve as he did and who despite life’s problems, and the Judge’s life was not without problems, but somehow the genius of him was that he was able to overcome those problems and somehow when the final score was in he was usually on top and he was a man who I counted a privilege to know and who I hope many of you miss very much.

JUDGE MATHIAS: Thank you, Mr. Linthicum.

Responding in behalf of the Court I want to say that I personally knew Tom Anderson for more than thirty years and was especially close to him after 1965 when I became a colleague of his on this bench. I remember how considerate and helpful he was to me when I was a brand new judge. He was that kind of a person, always lending a helping hand when it was needed. He was a distinguished judge, both on this bench and on the Court of Special Appeals where he was one of the original appointees. He was always held in high esteem by the bench and the bar.

He was friendly and outgoing. He enjoyed living and the wonders of nature in all its moods. One beautiful spring day like today I met him on the street and I remarked that it was good to be alive on a day like that and he smiled and replied that is was good to be alive on any day.

Mr. Clerk, I direct that my remarks and the remarks of Mr. William A. Linthicum, Jr. in memory of Judge Thomas M. Anderson be spread upon the permanent Minutes of this court. 

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