Beverly Anne Groner, 81, a Chevy Chase lawyer who specialized in family, matrimonial and divorce law, died of pneumonia December 21 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Groner, a former partner with her husband, Samuel B. Groner, in the Chevy Chase law firm of Groner & Groner, retired in 1999 after a legal practice of almost 40 years.
She was a former chairman of the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Domestic Relations Law, whose recommendations led to passage in 1978 of the Marital Property Act, which reformed the law on alimony and property disposition in divorce.
She chaired the American Bar Association’s family law section and the family law sections of the Maryland and Montgomery County Bar Associations. The magazines Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country and the National Law Journal listed Mrs. Groner among the best divorce lawyers in the country. Washingtonian magazine several times named her one of the Washington area’s best.
Mrs. Groner, a resident of Chevy Chase, was born in Des Moines. She attended Drake University and moved to the Washington area in 1940. She attended Catholic University’s law school and in 1959 graduated from American University’s law school.
She held the Maryland governor’s citation for distinguished service and a distinguished service award from the Virginia State Bar Association. She was honored as a woman of historical note by the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Business and Professional Women’s Club and as a woman of distinction by Soroptimist International of Montgomery County. She lectured widely on subjects of importance to the domestic relations bar.
The Maryland State Bar Association recently created the Beverly Groner Award, given for excellence in achievement in family law.
Her marriage to Jack Davis ended in divorce.
Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Samuel B. Groner, of Chevy Chase, three children from her first marriage, Morri Morell, of Chevy Chase, Andrew G. Davis, of Pensacola, FL and Lewis A. Davis, of Walnut Creek, CA; a stepson, Laurence M. Groner, of Washington; a sister, Betty Rothstein, of Chevy Chase; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.