Master Robert W. Beall
December 20, 1910 – December 9, 1973
MR. SHEEHAN: In respect of the memory of Robert Beall I recognize E. Austin Carlin.
MR. CARLIN: May it please the Court and all of those people being honored by the Court today, my remarks are not prepared remarks. I think I can better express what we think of Bob Beall if I speak in an impromptu manner.
He was more of a friend than a fellow lawyer. I knew Bob as a co-advocate and always on the other side of the table. Bob was born in the District of Columbia on December 20th in the year 1910. Bob died on December 9th, 1973. I remember that day so well. He was very sick in Suburban Hospital. I was at a party with many of his friends at Columbia Country Club and I was asked by Bill Clark and his wife if we would take the flowers from the table at Columbia Country Club and take them to Bob Beall.
Like I was honored then and honored today for Bob, we went to the hospital and I was told by my wife that Bob had gone, and I thought he had gone home. He had not gone home. He had passed away. Maybe I was right anyway, he probably had gone home. I immediately called his old buddy, if I may be so disrespectful to Judge Shure, and the judge was at his side within an hour.
Bob Beall for sixty-three years of his life – I can only give you the highlights because this court would have to adjourn until tomorrow if I really had the time to speak about Bob in the way we all knew him. In the sixty-three years of his life I knew Bob when I was twelve years old. Bob was in Bethesda. He was a son of a grocer, a great man his dad. The store is located on Old Georgetown Road and has now moved across the street. It is Old Georgetown and Arlington Road.
Bob graduated from the University of Maryland in 1931. He graduated from the Georgetown School of Law in 1936. He was admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia in 1937. In 1938 he was admitted by the Court of Appeals to practice in the State of Maryland. Then Bob’s career started to blossom. Then came the war years and during the war years I wasn’t as close to Bob, but he gave me a little bit of shocker in 1943 when he told me at home he was getting married because I never figured Bob would ever get married. I knew he would have to find the right girl and understanding person. He found the person.
Bob then – I don’t know for sure, but his accomplishments during the war was an executive on the U. S. Anantown (phonetic) I believe. I know if they have Bob Beall’s memory on the ship they know they have something on their hands.
Bob served as the President of the Bar Association of Montgomery County in the year 1954, ’55. He served as Vice President of the Maryland State Bar Association in the year 1960. Bob was one of the first trustees of the Clients Security Fund of Maryland. This is a very important function of the legal profession of the State of Maryland or any place else. Bob served with distinction on this Committee until his death. He served as examiner and chancellor of this court.
If I said to this court Bob was a meek and humble man I would be cited for contempt because he was not a meek and humble man. He was not always an understanding man. He had a case one time before one of the judges of this court. He held a lot in Glenn Hills, Maryland above Rockville. This lot that he owned as a matter of fact I think I sold it to him.
The lot had – I can’t use the word – but the county said there were weeds on the lot and the county issued him a citation that became more than a citation that he had to remove the weeds from that lot. Bob the way he always was fighting for a principle came to this court to determine the constitutionality of the ordinance of the county and for Judge Smith to decide when something is a weed and something was a flower. That was one case but to Bob – I was going to say he had many important cases – but every case was important to Bob Beall. The last case he had before the Bar of this court was a case for a very good friend of mine I could not handle because of the conflict of interest. The last case before the Court was a case I referred to Bob Beall, the best man available.
Now, Bob was a very articulate man. He came before this court with something he could be proud of and could convince the court with his opinion and all gestures. He came before the court to convince you many times he was knowledgeable, articulate, but he also pleaded his case and represented his client so well. In addition to being a great lawyer and advocate, he had many interests in people. He had great interest with his retreat in Frederick.
He was also so pleased with his accomplishment in – I don’t know how to express it – but was was a grower of roses. Everyone that was his friend would get a rose. These roses have been over this court for many years.
He was also a great golfer. The Bar Association golfing group organized many years ago Bob was a charter member and still today the Robert Beall Memorial Trophy.
The greatest thing probably that happened in his life was the legacy he left to all of us. That is his son, Dr. Peter Beall. Dr. Peter Beall was on a pedestal and rightfully so to Bob. To prove the kind of man Peter was and to know Peter you know Bob, they’re the same type. I hope you have the privilege some day as I have many many times. The last four months of Bob’s life Dr. Peter Beall – and Bob lived to see him become a medical doctor – he spent with his dad away from his internship at the hospital in Ohio. That is probably the greatest legacy.
I can only say, as I had the privilege to say when Bob was buried at Parklawn Cemetery, and the last word I recall, you know the rose is a flower of hope and Bob was so fond of these roses, so when you people see in the spring time when the roses bloom, you think of Bob. You think of hope because Bob Beall in every person and every walk of life he could find hope and something good, and I am asking this court to enroll Bob Beall’s name among the rolls of the court.
I can say on behalf of the Bar Association of Montgomery County I think the greatest tribute to say is that Bob Beall was truly a lawyer’s lawyer.
JUDGE SHURE: Thank you. I haven’t known Bob quite as long as Austin has because I didn’t know him until I was about seventeen but ours was a long and close friendship. We went to the University of Maryland together. We went to Georgetown Law School together. Socially we were very close. I remember many pleasant outings with Bob, stag outings and outings with our families.
His remarks are so wonderful there is little more that can be said, but I must set the record straight in one area because of Austin’s remarks some of you may have gathered Bob was in the navy. Bob was not in the navy. He was in the coast guard. He would be very unhappy if we left the impression he was in the navy. I was in the navy and I am very proud of that and we had many friendly discussions which was the best branch of the service. Of course, the navy was the best branch.
All of us who know him know of his marvelous sense of humor. I have often repeated some of the jokes he has told me and many of the rest of us. He was an outstanding lawyer. He was a great credit to the bar not only of this county but of this state and I think anything more I would say would be anti-climatic. His was a great loss.
I choose to attend to the positives of Andy in this piece. This does honor and gives respect to Andy's considerable legacy. I met him over fifteen years ago when our firm rented him office space at our Adams Law Center in Rockville (shown in photo, with United States flag flying at half mast in memory of Andrew). For thirteen years, until he moved to another suite in the complex, we did business on a handshake. He was such an honorable, sincere person there was no reason to do otherwise. Blessed with a powerful intellect, educated and experienced in specialties of the law we litigators know little about, he quickly became the confidante of many. He was gentle, thoughtful and smart. We referred clients to each other and mine were always impressed and well served by his careful analysis of the complex estate, corporate, or tax problem presented. No doubt the reason clients from all walks of life and his fellow lawyers respected him so much, was the patient and caring attention he exhibited in trying to help them. He was a family lawyer in the old fashioned sense in that the relationship he formed with a client was a valued relationship for life. Relationships were important to Andy. Andy Ball was proud to be a lawyer. He did much good over his years. Speaking for the Bar and myself, I am proud he was one of us. He will be missed.