IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
In Re: MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR THE LATE JAMES W. GILL, ESQUIRE.
TO THE HONORABLE, THE JUDGES OF SAID COURT:
It is my sad duty formally to call the attention of this Court to the passing of James W. Gill, Esquire, for many years a respected member of this Bar, on the 12th day of May last year.
Mr. Gill was born in the State of Mississippi on January 28th, 1906, and departed this life after a short illness in his 51st year. He came to this area while of elementary school age and was later graduated from Eastern High School and the Woodward School for Boys. He received his law degree for National University in the year 1928, and during his practice was a distinguished member of both the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars and Bar Associations, and had been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.
After his graduation from Law School, Mr. Gill was employed by a Title Company in the District of Columbia for a number of years, specializing in the examination of titles to Maryland property. He subsequently became associated with T. Howard Duckett, Esquire, a prominent Maryland lawyer and resident of Prince Georges County, with principal offices in the City of Washington. At the time of his death, he was associated as well with Nicholas Orem, Esquire, practicing under the firm name of “Duckett, Gill and Orem”. This firm name remains unchanged today.
Mr. Gill was general counsel for the Suburban Trust Company an was one of its Directors and Trust Officers. In addition to a large and varied practice he was for a long time Counsel for the Montgomery County Liquor Board and in this position he contributed immeasurably to the orderly application of the liquor licensing laws of the County, helping to keep it a clean and well regulated community in this important respect.
He was active in the civic life of Montgomery County, having been past President of the Silver Spring Lions Club, the Woodside Parent Teachers Association, and the North Woodside-Montgomery Hills Citizens Association. He was for many years a member of the Board of Education and added greatly to the solution of problems facing that body during his tenure of office.
He was also most active in the political life of the County. Mr. Gill rose from a Precinct Chairman to the position of Chairman of the County Congress of Montgomery County, composed of over 600 citizens and leaders in the community on the Democratic side. He was past president of the Young Men’s Democractic Club and for eight years was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, having been elected on two consecutive occasions. During his last term at Annapolis, he was Chairman of the Montgomery County Delegation and sponsored much legislation of ultimate benefit to the County. Mr. Gill, indeed, lived a full life and a well rounded one. Although in the later years, his practice was confined primarily to office and administrative work he is never-the-less well remembered for his vigor and aggressiveness as an advocate in the Courts. Though comparatively small in stature, he possessed the ability to rise to great heights when the occasion demanded.
Although completely serious about the work of his chosen profession, Mr. Gill nevertheless had a quiet and deep sense of humor which endeared him to those who knew him well. He had the capactiy to listen and learn and, consequently, his analysis of any situation was invariably superior to that of many whose habit was to talk more and listen less.
Although his many activities and busy life forced him to spend many hours away from his home, Mr. Gill was completely and entirely devouted to his wife and two daughters. He was an outstanding husband and father and it was always his aim to provide for the future of his family.
With his passing, this Bar has lost an outstanding lawyer and a most distinguished citizen.